New Guitar Case Reopened, Old Case Tossed: this STINKS

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Tim W
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Re: New Guitar Case Reopened, Old Case Tossed: this STINKS

Post by Tim W » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:26 pm

I had an (old, sick) cat mistake my case for a litter box. The resultant smell was horrible and persistent. Nothing I tried helped. I contacted the American Institute of Dry Cleaning, (it exists!), and they suggested charcoal, baking soda an enzyme solution and time, lots of it. I sprinkled baking soda and some chunks of charcoal inside, put it up in a hot, uninsulated attic for a couple of years. Good as new...

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MhyrrBenz
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Re: New Guitar Case Reopened, Old Case Tossed: this STINKS

Post by MhyrrBenz » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:33 pm

In the attic for a couple of Years!? Gee, thanks!

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Re: New Guitar Case Reopened, Old Case Tossed: this STINKS

Post by Adam » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:46 pm

I've experienced this issue, and I found that leaving the case open outside seemed to work the best. You don't have to smell it, and there is an endless fresh breeze over it.

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MhyrrBenz
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Re: New Guitar Case Reopened, Old Case Tossed: this STINKS

Post by MhyrrBenz » Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:19 am

Outside, hmmmmm . . . . rainy season in the tropics. I don't know. I just finished vacuuming the case from last batch of baking soda. Thought I'd change strings too, to make it a wholly hellish experience. My B string peg is broke and loose .... that's another post, to find a repair guy in a new place. Oy.

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Re: New Guitar Case Reopened, Old Case Tossed: this STINKS

Post by mvisscher » Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:12 pm

I lent a guitar to a relative who is a heavy smoker, when it came back I thought the smoke odor would never be removed, but the baking soda did it. As Guitar-ded mentioned, I just sprinkled it into the lining, but I also sprayed vinegar diluted with water into the case before vacuuming out the residue.

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Peter Frary
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Re: New Guitar Case Reopened, Old Case Tossed: this STINKS

Post by Peter Frary » Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:06 pm

Outgassing from certain foams and plastics in a case can damage some guitar finishes. One of my teaching guitars was left in a case for a couple years and the finish turned milky white wherever it contacted the case. Might have to switch to organic cotton padding and silk lining...
I play a Cordoba Mini so I look taller on stage!

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MhyrrBenz
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Re: New Guitar Case Reopened, Old Case Tossed: this STINKS

Post by MhyrrBenz » Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:27 pm

Thanks for baking soda tip, which I use, sans vinegar, which I may try. As to next comment about milky white dissolved guitar, YIKES. It is the finish that I am worried about.

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Re: New Guitar Case Reopened, Old Case Tossed: this STINKS

Post by AAA » Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:51 am

Peter Frary wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:06 pm
Outgassing from certain foams and plastics in a case can damage some guitar finishes. One of my teaching guitars was left in a case for a couple years and the finish turned milky white wherever it contacted the case. Might have to switch to organic cotton padding and silk lining...
That's what I always worry about re solvent-smelly cases.

I've got a Mark Leaf case coming in a few days. Heavy as sin but "in your heart you know they're good".

AA

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Re: New Guitar Case Reopened, Old Case Tossed: this STINKS

Post by mvisscher » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:53 am

MhyrrBenz wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:27 pm
Thanks for baking soda tip, which I use, sans vinegar, which I may try. As to next comment about milky white dissolved guitar, YIKES. It is the finish that I am worried about.
...I should clarify about that particular guitar case...it was not for a classical guitar. I'm not sure how vinegar and baking soda would affect a guitar with a french polish finish. That's maybe a good question for some of the qualified luthiers on the forum.

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