This popped on Reverb a couple days ago; I fell in love. She is beautiful! But she is going to need some TLC. I could use your collective advice. This is the exact state in which I received the guitar - except I crudely clipped off some coiled up extra string. It was driving me nuts and I didn't want it to scratch the headstock, so I just got that off of there as fast as I could. 1 - Overall, all the gold hardware is tarnished and dull looking. Should I just replace it all, or is there a way to spruce it up, back to it's original, full shine? As a drummer, I'm tempted to try Nev-R Dull, which is what I use on chrome snares and cymbals. It is amazing stuff. But would it make the gold plate golden again? Or would it just clean it and leave it still washed out looking, wasting my time? 2 - She'g got some fret buzz. Seems to be an epidemic among us lately, especially on SX guitars. I can see that there is something wrong with the nut. To my eye, it looks poorly cut, and in fact slightly chipped in a couple places. The neck "looks" fairly straight to my eye, although I have not put a straight edge to it yet. My inclination is to go ahead and replace the nut and see if that fixes the buzz BEFORE adjusting the truss rod. Do you agree on this observation / strategy? Can anyone recommend a pre-cut nut for this model? Also, anything I need to watch out for when replacing a nut? I never did it before. Is the old one glued down? How do I get the glue off? Is the new one supposed to get glued down? Sorry if these are dumb questions, but I never did a nut swap before, and since I don't know the answer, I need to ask. 3 - Pickup is tarnished. Should I replace it? Clean it? Or maybe uncover it? Is that even a possibility? Any replacement recommendations? Should I switch to a mini? Or maybe a P90? Should I use a neck position or put a bridge position since it is a single pickup guitar? 4 - Output jack was loose. I tightened it, simple enough, but what about the idea of an entire electronics overhaul? Jack, pots, pickups (there is no switch to worry about)? I've never worked on a hollowbody. I've heard it's more difficult, and can possibly be a major pain. True? 5 - Neglect - The guitar looks like it has sat idly, uncovered, for a long time. There is some grimey buildup on the body and especially in the curve of the horn. Strings are rusting. What can I use as an overall body cleaner to remove the tacky buildup? Also, there is a shot of the inside horn, where there is some discoloration. I don't know if that is under the clear, and just how the guitar was made, or if it's an effect from laying in part sun / part shadow type of thing, where some parts have aged faster. Is there some kind of buff or polish that can address that if it's in the clear coat? 6 - Beauty shots - I love "natural" finishes. I wish Rondo would stock more of them. I think there is beautiful detail in the body of this guitar. I also really like the detail at the end of the fingerboard, with the pointy bit. I think that is so cool! I know many here are not a fan of abalone, but I thought these inlays were particularly pretty. Fingerboard definitely needs a cleaning once the cruddy strings are off. I can do that. 7 - PLEASE! Someone recommend a case that will fit this beauty for me! 8 - Gory deets & pics: While I'm changing the nut on this one, hold onto yours! $230 shipped. Seller packed it nicely. Good job.