tele baja bridge pickup become partially white , is there a fix?

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  1. drugo

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    Hi
    the bridge pickup of my tele baja classic '50 become partially white , seems dust but it's not
    I tried to clean gently with a q-tip and canned air (both gently) but the white is still there
    it's a Custom Shop Broadcaster single-coil bridge pickup

    have you see such weid thing?

    and have you fixed it?
    any advises are welcome

    thanks
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    Clean it.
     
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    hi
    with what ? :confused:
    I tried with several q-tip ,gently and a canner air
    but it did not remove it
    what can I use to clean and avoid to damage it?
     
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    but , may I ask a question ?
    have you seeing a pickup like mine?
    were you able to clean it?
    thanks
     
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    What is the white stuff? Skin residue? There seems to be lots of it all over the guitar.
     
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    It looks like build up to me so some sort of solvent being very careful not to get the finish, maybe take the tip of a knife or needle and see if you can scrap off a tiny bit, if the plastic has actually turned white and then can not be cleaned you can get another black PUP cover for it if that PUP is built that way.

    Never seen plastic turn white like that unless the black was just a coating, general they use black plastic and it's black all the way through.
     
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    It's not plastic and it's not a pickup cover.
     
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    Looks like build up of some sort. Try a toothbrush lightly damped with alcohol and see if it starts to come off.
     
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    Next string change...clean the guitar.

    The pickup flatwork is Forbon. You can't hurt it.

    Wipe your guitar down after you play. What I'm seeing is dried up sweat. :eek:
     
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    hi to all
    it's not dust
    i clean my guitar , on the black pickguard and the sun light the dust seems a lot
    there is not dust on the bridge pick up , it came from the inside
    when i saw at the beginning , i decided to not touch
    now there is a lot of this , is the pickup surface material white
     
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    Maybe some buffing compound working it's way out of the cavity?
     
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    Have you used some household polish near the guitar, or is it in a sunny/humid environment? Clearly something has reacted to the plastic of the pickup bobbin to make it turn white. I've seen this before with the plastic on cars where sun and rain leech the colour out of the plastic.

    In car shops you can buy stuff called "trim restorer" or similar. Try a small bit of that on a microfibre cloth and see if it helps.

    The way you fix it with a car is to run a heat gun briefly over the plastic, which raises the black back out. I don't suggest you do that with your guitar though!
     
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    What is it made of then?
     
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    Fiber flatwork. Just like a Strat pickup with the covers removed. Tele bridge pickups do not have plastic covers.
     
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    So why is the fiber board turning white? And I would swear an MIM I had came with plastic covers, maybe that was fiber too.
     
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    The pickup on my Baja Tele has wax on it from the potting process. Maybe the wax is reacting with something on the OP's guitar.

    I've never seen a MIM, or any Fender Tele, with covers on the bridge pickups. I'm not saying they don't exist, but vintage style, and "traditional" Tele bridge pickups don't have covers.
     
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    Next string change...wipe it down with naptha (lighter fluid). It's a reaction to your pH levels in your sweat and the thin layer of wax from potting. The Forbon will not turn white. It's the wax coating on top of it.

    This will not harm any part of your guitar.

    Just. Do . It.
     
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    Hi
    I will do it , i have only used music nomad The Guitar One Clean, Polish, Wax & Protect in ONE easy step , on this guitar
     
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    On the plus side, its looking like a guitar that gets played. Which is never a bad thing. :)
     
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