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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirate Jim View Post
    Same here - first thing I do with a used instrument is clean up the fretboard, polish the frets, give the body a rub down. Makes it feel more my own somehow.
    I wonder if you could lightly sand the braces inside (I'm talking like 1-2 passes max), just to release that wood smell...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirate Jim View Post
    Same here - first thing I do with a used instrument is clean up the fretboard, polish the frets, give the body a rub down. Makes it feel more my own somehow.
    Exactly. I do that with a new or used instrument.

    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrdr View Post
    I wonder if you could lightly sand the braces inside (I'm talking like 1-2 passes max), just to release that wood smell...
    That is a really interesting idea. I've never heard of it being done...but it makes me wonder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc_J View Post
    ...there are better polishes for lacquer finishes.
    I've had similar success with Howard's Feed N Wax. Doc_J, you sparked my interest...do tell. Better polishes for lacquer finishes?
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    Wow, it looks great! I love seeing old ukes cleaned up like that. I've cleaned up some old closet sitters and sold them. It's fun.
    When UAS hits me, I take the strings off my Cocobolo and polish the heck out of it, and put on new strings, and it feels like new! And I save tons of cash!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swiftsailor98 View Post
    I've had similar success with Howard's Feed N Wax. Doc_J, you sparked my interest...do tell. Better polishes for lacquer finishes?
    I like Virtuoso polish better for vintage lacquer finishes. Howard's did a fine job on helping to clean-up this Favilla's body as well as the fretboard. Howard's is my go-to fretboard conditioner.
    -Hodge
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    Real nice job Hodge. Howard's is a great product. Did you add the bridge beads?

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