March 12, 2008 5:56 PM Subscribe
I just bought a Gibson ES-335 on eBay
and it arrived today. It's great, but it needs a bit of TLC.
1. The previous owner was a smoker, and the guitar is a bit smelly.
2. The nickel hardware needs cleaning, and the fretboard could use oil.
3. The bridge pickup volume pot crackles.
4. It shipped with really light strings -- I'm guessing 8s -- and I'm used to playing 11s.
I normally do all my own tech work (setups etc) but haven't had to clean up a guitar before, so here are my questions:
A: What should I use to clean the nickel hardware, oil the fretboard, and get rid of the smoker smell?
B: What gauge strings do 335s ship with from the factory? I'd like to try it like that before I go to my regular heavy strings. I normally play flatwounds: should I put them on the 335?
C: Is there a way to cure the crackling pot without replacing it? Pulling the wiring loom out of these things is a PITA,
Finally, I had vague ideas of putting a Bigsby on it. Any thoughts?