Do new basses' hardware darken?

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Do new basses' hardware darken?

Post by Dinsdale » Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:27 pm

One thing I like about old basses is the age apparent in the tuners and hardware. I've got an Englehardt which is 5-7 years old, and the brass is as bright and shiny as the day it was bought. Anyone have any idea whether the hardware on newer basses will darken with age and, if so, how long it takes?

Fretwell lists a 71 Englehardt on which the machines and plates are nice and dark.

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Re: Do new basses' hardware darken?

Post by MytBrednec » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:51 pm

More than likely, the hardware has some kind of coating on the brass. If you want it to tarnish, take some 4-0 steel wool to the surface. After that coating is gone the sweat and oil from your fingers will go to work on the brass and it will start to darken.
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Re: Do new basses' hardware darken?

Post by Dinsdale » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:58 pm

Thanks. I figured it might have some kinda coating. Not going to steel wool it to make it look older. Interesting choice, tho. If the machine makers decided there was a premium on keepng them shiny - I bet if you surveyed bassists, a strong majority would prefer the aged look.

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Re: Do new basses' hardware darken?

Post by flip18436572 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:27 pm

I honestly don't care what they look like. If you want the aged look, I guess you go after the aged gear. I use my bass and clean my bass, but when the wear happens, life goes on. My tuners are shiny, but I don't care. Doubt I will wear them out, before I buy something different or quit playing.

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