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newbe here but a lurker here for years and I finally have a guitar to hotrod somehow. A good friend of mine gave me a schecter hellraiser thats in very good condition but.......all the metal surfaces were rusted and corroded. Pickup screws are rusted, trem has the black corroding off and is mstly chrome now, locking nut is turning green and the tuners are losing the black too and turning chrome. I have never seen frets rust but these were and i had to get mothers and polish em. he only used it for a month and then stored for a couple of months and was so surprised when he opened the case to see all the crud....was so pissed of, he just gave it to me. btw, he has many guitars and this is the only guitar to do this. My plans are to just try to clean up as much as i can and then paint it. Has anyone ever seen this or heard of schecters doing this? The neck says made in korea, and came with duncan pickups.

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I personally would get out the toothbrush for the frets. As far as the hardware goes, I'd remove it and clean each piece individually with chemical cleaners. Make sure all the chemicals are cleaned off before you put them back on the guitar.

However, if the guitar is in playable condition, then I would just scrub with the toothbrush.

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I have had a Schecter bass for about three years without any problem. I recall reading that there were some problems with the plastic in some cases off-gassing and causing corosion. That may be what you have. I agree go with a toothbrush or other gentle cleaning first. If that doesn't work then try more agressive things like chemical cleaners. If you ae using them on the frets be sure to mask the fretboard first. Good luck.

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yeah, i used a toothbrush and mothers polish on the fretboard and parts of the trem. The frets cleaned up nice and the trem started turning chrome but i didnt want to take the trem apart and clean yet, i didnt want to open up a can of worms i just wanted to play the darn thing. I have never played a guitar with active pickups, man this guitar sounds really good.

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well schecter tends to use decent hardware both of mine had Grover tuners and my new one has a tonepros locking TOM, both have had nice metal knobs and a good solid feeling selector switch even my first one had a bolt on neck and even the neck plate was heavier than most. i would think that there was some other cause like workingman said maybe the case or a beer got spilled on it or something stupid like that.

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I am trying to remember where I read about this. It may have been frets.com.

Anyway this much I know. When plastic is new it releases some gasses. In vnyl type plastics, such as pvc, the gasses include vnyl chloride which is reactive with brass and chrome. It may be reactive with nickel too. I can check. If a new guitar is kept continualy in a case and the plastic on it is very new, there is the potential for problems.

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Hmm. Some of the plastic for the covers (Suspension cover, Electronic covers, Truss rod cover) are made out of a wierd plastic, and a clear layer of plastic is coming off it. If I pull that peeling stuff off, will it stop?

And I just realized what the case smells like. Like a LOT of New Car smell.

Hell, now Im concerned.

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Is the clear plastic layer pulling off the stuff that goes on most shiny plastic parts basicly as protection for shipping? Pulling it off will not stop the outgassing but it will help get it over with.

SR

It might be for protection, but I thought it was part of the covers itself. But now that you say it, thats probably what it was for... Ill take it off and hope it stops.

I got this guitar in December, and the case about 2 months ago, and pretty much all of the hardware, excluding the tuners, Knobs, Pup selector, and Frets have some Corrosion. The bridge has it very slight, but the Nut and Pup cavity covers are getting kind of serious...

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