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  • How to Stop Tarnishing of Gold Hardware on Les Paul??

    Hey. I have an Epiphone Les Paul, which has gold pickups. Recently, i've noticed that on the edge of the bridge pickup nearest to me, ther is a little small area of where the gold is gone. Also on my tune o matic, a little is gone.

    on the pickup, the area where the gold is gone is kind of pinkish. On the tune o matic(the bridge) it is silverish.

    What Can i do to stop this?

    I would take pictures, but I tried and coudln't get very close due to my bad camera not focusing.

  • #2
    How do you stop gold hardware from wearing off? Play it less or don't play it at all and keep it in it's case.

    Gold plating tends to wear off the hardware pretty quick. Epiphone hardware even quicker than Gibson hardware because they use less gold.
    Last edited by Fred Fartboski : Today at...

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    • #3
      So theres nothing I can do to stop it?

      Dang.

      Can I buy like a gold pickup cover from anywhere, and slap it on mine?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by MegaMustaine
        So theres nothing I can do to stop it?

        Dang.

        Can I buy like a gold pickup cover from anywhere, and slap it on mine?




        you could, and then continue doing it every year or so



        or you could replace everything with nickel or chrome




        or you could leave it
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        • #5
          just replace it with solid gold hardware.

          duh.

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          • #6
            This sucks.

            It would look lame with silver hardware.

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            • #7
              When I opened the thread and saw "Epiphone" I went "Ah hah!"

              Gibson goldplated hardware is really pretty durable, but not so much on imported guitars.

              I used to have a Fender MIJ Tele Custom where the gold plating tarnished at an incredibly fast pace. Trying to polish it, just removed it faster.

              1) "Bless it and forgive it" ... Worn plating looks kinda cool in a relic'd sort of way.

              2) As stated above, you could buy aftermarket pickup covers and hope the plating is better than on the OEM. By why bother. Epi's are meant to be played not polished.
              A '57 Classic, MIJ from USA parts.
              HCEG Existentialism: I buy guitars, therefore, I am.
              Well Dick, it's got a good beat, and I could dance to it, so I give it a 10!
              I have opinions of my own,strong opinions but I don't always agree with them.

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              • #8
                Yeah, but I'm looking to sell it, so I think I may have to buy two durable gold covers to put on it.

                I hope it doesn't cost much, and is easy to do.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MegaMustaine
                  Yeah, but I'm looking to sell it, so I think I may have to buy two durable gold covers to put on it.

                  I hope it doesn't cost much, and is easy to do.


                  I think they are "stuck on there" pretty good.

                  Maybe you should start another thread on "how to remove pickup covers". I'm sure some folks here have done this before.

                  Just make sure you get some "quality" parts on your replacements to make it worth your while.

                  http://www.music123.com/Gibson-Bridge-position-PIckup-Cover---Gold-i230116.music

                  But yeah, on the Fender I was talking about, the plating was coming on within "hours" of play, not even "days" of play. Besides that, it was a great guitar.
                  A '57 Classic, MIJ from USA parts.
                  HCEG Existentialism: I buy guitars, therefore, I am.
                  Well Dick, it's got a good beat, and I could dance to it, so I give it a 10!
                  I have opinions of my own,strong opinions but I don't always agree with them.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by GAS Man


                    I think they are "stuck on their" pretty good.

                    Maybe you should start another thread on "how to remove pickup covers". I'm sure some folks here have done this before.

                    Just make sure you get some "quality" parts on your replacements to make it worth your while.

                    http://www.music123.com/Gibson-Bridge-position-PIckup-Cover---Gold-i230116.music

                    But yeah, on the Fender I was talking about, the plating was coming on within "hours" of play, not even "days" of play. Besides that, it was a great guitar.



                    I took the pickup covers off my Epi


                    it was a bitch, then i took the wax off too, that was a bitch as well

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