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Lemon oil on rosewood fretboard?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by nosuch, Sep 17, 2017.

  1. nosuch

    nosuch Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2008
    Is it a good idea to use it to take care of a rosewood fretboard or what do you suggest?

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  2. bazmusicman

    bazmusicman Tele-Meister

    Dec 21, 2015
    london England.
    Yes, I use it on my rosewood necks, it brings out the colour and stops it drying out. Only use it on rosewood necks, nothing else.
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  3. Ooba Tooba

    Ooba Tooba Tele-Meister

    Jul 10, 2017
    Toledo Ohio USA
    I know a longtime well respected luthier in my area who uses 3 in 1 oil on rosewood.

  4. claes

    claes Tele-Holic

    Aug 20, 2007
    I use olive-oil....generic. A few drops on a rag and I whipe of dust and fat while chanching string every 3-6 months (polyweb). I dont even let the oil sink in, just vipe of.
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  5. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    I've used lemon oil, which it's fine, but i prefer the fretboard oil from Stewart-McDonald.
    I really don't even know what their recommended application is but i just smear it on, let it sit for a while then buff it with a fuzzy wheel on a drill.
    Makes for a nice glow.
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  6. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Friend of Leo's

    Oct 29, 2013
    I'm neither well respected nor a luthier, but that's what I use, too.
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  7. Ironwolf

    Ironwolf Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Mar 11, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    Lemon oil here. I apply it with a Q-tip, let it sit for awhile, then wipe off the excess with a soft rag.

  8. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    I don't know but I just did that to two of my guitars a couple of months ago. They seem fine.

  9. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I've used lemon oil for over forty years.
    I use a small amount, and I work it in, with the grain, with a small soft nail brush.
    I then wipe it off with clean, dry white cotton rag.
    I can not toterate a dry, dirty fingerboard.
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  10. oldfish

    oldfish Tele-Holic

    Aug 23, 2015
    ive used linseed oil on my rosewood necks gets the job done nicely.o_O
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  11. Paul G.

    Paul G. Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Rhode Island
    Are you using actual lemon oil, or the stuff you buy for furniture? Lemon oil is an expensive food product and not much use on wood.

    The stuff you buy at the hardware store/grocery/furniture store is mineral oil with chemicals added to smell "lemony fresh".

    Don't bother. Plain mineral oil is fine, just use very sparingly. Linseed oil will get sticky unless it is Boiled Linseed oil.

    Don't oil rosewood too often, maybe twice a year.
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  12. Chatnoir

    Chatnoir Tele-Holic

    Sep 5, 2016
    Peabody, MA
    Howard's Feed N' Wax
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  13. Bones

    Bones Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Luddite Island, NY
    I use Howard Cutting Board Oil, best oil that I have found for rosewood.

  14. Mike SS

    Mike SS Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 9, 2012
    6554-xlarge.jpg I use this. Available online, and at local music stores.


    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    Just straight mineral oil works fine and fairly inexpensive.

    These are all legit suggestions. Find what you like.
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  16. slider313

    slider313 Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 6, 2011
    [​IMG]Basically bore oil.
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  17. Wyzsard

    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

    Jun 22, 2009
    Falls City
    "Some players talk of "feeding" the unfinished surface of the fingerboard with oil. Fingerboards are not actually hungry and don't really need to be fed, but a light coating of oil gives them a finished and clean look. If you do choose to oil the fingerboard, do it with care. Use a tiny amount of lemon oil or mineral oil on the rag, wipe it on the fingerboard, and then wipe it all off. You don't want to saturate the fingerboard, and you don't want a lot of oil running down into the fret slots. If there are cracks in your fingerboard, consider having them filled professionally, and don't get oil in the cracks.Generally, you'll want to stay away from linseed and other natural vegetable oils, which become sticky and gummy over time:

    This kind of fingerboard cleaning should be a once-a-year event, at the most. Too much scrubbing and oiling can easily do more damage than good. "

  18. jackal

    jackal Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Jun 14, 2010
    mojave desert

  19. Georox

    Georox Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 30, 2014
    The tan house in AZ
    Mineral oil. Lemon oil is a waste of money.
    Don't use olive or anything like that. It goes rancid.
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  20. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 15, 2014
    This is a common question, a FAQ, if you will. IME, it makes bupkis difference what you put on, within reason, of course. Mineral oil seems to be the sensible choice, but I bet a small amount of any kind of oil will darken and lubricate a fretboard. I've used: mineral, Dunlop 60, real lemon oil, toasted sesame, coconut, vasalene, rosewood oil, Fastfret, Pledge, motor oil, beeswax, prolly others, too. I stop at food oil, butter or bacon grease might attract unwanted attention from insects or dogs, although I have used olive oil on occasion..

    (Edit) While I'm shooting my mouth off, I should add: Be careful to not use anything with a varnish in it, unless you actually want to varnish your fretboard. Like tung oil or Watco "danish" oil, etc.

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