Before and After Bridge

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by TimTheViking, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. TimTheViking

    TimTheViking Squier-Nut

    Feb 13, 2019
    Chesapeake, Virginia
    When I picked up a used Strat, the bridge and saddles were not real pretty. I wondered what I might use it so I bought some Turtle Wax Chrome Polish. Using an old tooth brush, I scrubbed the saddles and just used a cloth on the bridge plate. The results were very good considering the minimal amount of effort I had to put in.


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  2. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Squier-holic

    Nov 24, 2018
    Burnin some Nitro...
  3. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

    Dec 14, 2018
    Saint Paul, MN
    Big Improvement!
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  4. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    Windex and a toothbrush does about the same for me most of the time.
  5. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

    Jul 14, 2017
    Maryland, USA
    I love cleaning chrome on old guitars. Such instant gratification! Yours looks awesome.
  6. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    Huge difference. But de-relicing a guitar lowers the value. :)
  7. TimTheViking

    TimTheViking Squier-Nut

    Feb 13, 2019
    Chesapeake, Virginia
    :eek: Oh no!!! Since the rest of it is in such good condition, it made sense to polish it. I'm also not really into the relic thing and I know you're joking... at least a bit. ;)
  8. Night and day difference. Looks great!
    Cheers, Barrie.
  9. bigtuna

    bigtuna Squier-holic

    Nov 1, 2015
    Looks showroom factory new!! Great job.
  10. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-holic

    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    Gee... . Now I need some shades :cool::cool::cool:
  11. JurnyWannaBe

    JurnyWannaBe Squier-Nut

    Feb 14, 2019
  12. Tconroy

    Tconroy Squier-Nut

    Sep 11, 2015
    kansas city mo
    try mothers mag and aluminum polish. It will be a mirror finish when done.
  13. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

    Jul 15, 2014
    You were just on the brink of "road worn". There should be a penalty for polishing patina.
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  14. LonePhantom

    LonePhantom Squier Talker

    Jul 17, 2019
    Canberra, Australia
    Good job!

    I use autosol to restore hardware. It'll even take corroded black and gold type finishes off, and leave you with almost new looking chrome gear.
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  15. TampaMark

    TampaMark Squier Talker

    Jul 12, 2019
    I'd like to know the story and info on the used Strat (like how did you find out about it, what kind was it, how much was it, did you haggle, etc.) and some more pictures please.

    I ask as for months I have had my eyeball on an older Affinity Baltic Blue Strat for $40 on FB Mkt! Comes with an amp but 2 hour drive to get it, though. Note the missing saddle. Saddles look grungier than yours did.

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  16. TimTheViking

    TimTheViking Squier-Nut

    Feb 13, 2019
    Chesapeake, Virginia
    Except the bridge was the only part that had any road wear on it. So it really stuck out.
  17. TimTheViking

    TimTheViking Squier-Nut

    Feb 13, 2019
    Chesapeake, Virginia
    Here's the acquisition story and NGD postings from the forum:

    I like that blue. I've been tempted myself when I see one. However, four hours in the car plus gas, wear and tear takes a lot of the value off the $40 price tag, which is pretty good. If you're really interested, maybe you could get him to post it on OfferUp and then have it shipped. OfferUp's shipping prices are waaayy better than doing it yourself. Getting your hands on a new saddle is pretty easy.
  18. VealCutlet

    VealCutlet Squier-holic

    Aug 9, 2011
    Brookyn, NYC
    They'll kick you off the Antiques Roadshow fans facebook page just for suggesting something like that.

    I actually like the patina on my CV50s Strat's nickel plated hardware. Stark contrast to the shiny chrome on my VM JM, which is maybe 2 years newer?
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  19. bigtuna

    bigtuna Squier-holic

    Nov 1, 2015
    This is what I'll be doin today , the cheap @$$ bridge plate was bit rusty I've already taken a brass brush to it. But today I need to clean all the saddle screws and height adjuster set screws are rusty. For the build I'm work in on. Yours came out great.
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  20. TimTheViking

    TimTheViking Squier-Nut

    Feb 13, 2019
    Chesapeake, Virginia
    There's also the "yuk" factor that some of the "patina" might actually be from some DNA.
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