Rusty frets, no obvious damp?
December 13, 2007 6:10 AM Subscribe
I recently got one of my guitars out of its case to find the frets covered in green stuff, and small patches of rust on a few of them....
posted by chrissyboy to Grab Bag (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
... No other patches of rust appear to have worsened on the bridge etc (it's a '78 tele). I plugged it in and it was very crackly, which it wasn't before.
I checked my other guitar that I don't play regularly and found it to be in a similar condition. Both guitars have been kept in their cases - the tele in a hard fur lined hiscox case, and the strat in a gig bag.
The room they're stored in isn't apparently damp - I don't have central heating in my house, however the room the guitars are stored in does have a storage heater, and is the only room in the house kept at a decent temperature. The only thing I can think is the room is next to the bathroom.
My question is this: How can i prevent this from happening - would a de-humidifier help?
And does the rust on my guitars frets indicate the end of it's life? if not, how can i treat the frets? And am I better leaving the guitar out of its case?
any suggestions appreciated, really panicking about it.