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    Default Polishing Gibson Tailpiece Cover

    I've noticed these get quite dull quickly. Is there a recommended way of polishing these up to a shine?

    Not sure what the plating is, or how thin it is - am I likely to wear through the plating with a silver polish used regularly?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Polishing Gibson Tailpiece Cover

    Hot breath and a soft cloth if you must. If you polish the tarnish off anything, it will eventually wear away.

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    Default Re: Polishing Gibson Tailpiece Cover

    If the tailpiece is from about 1910 onward, it is a nickel silver alloy- not plated, so it should not be a problem polishing one of that type.

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    Default Re: Polishing Gibson Tailpiece Cover

    I've use Nevr-Dull for years. About as non-abrasive as you can find.

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    Default Re: Polishing Gibson Tailpiece Cover

    Do not assume "nickel silver" alloy.

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    Like many others, this one is nickel plated brass.

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    Default Re: Polishing Gibson Tailpiece Cover

    Another vote for Nevr-Dull.
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