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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by nosuch, Sep 17, 2017.
Is it a good idea to use it to take care of a rosewood fretboard or what do you suggest?
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.
I know a longtime well respected luthier in my area who uses 3 in 1 oil on rosewood.
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.
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.
I'm neither well respected nor a luthier, but that's what I use, too.
Lemon oil here. I apply it with a Q-tip, let it sit for awhile, then wipe off the excess with a soft rag.
I don't know but I just did that to two of my guitars a couple of months ago. They seem fine.
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.
ive used linseed oil on my rosewood necks gets the job done nicely.
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.
Howard's Feed N' Wax
I use Howard Cutting Board Oil, best oil that I have found for rosewood.
I use this. Available online, and at local music stores.
Just straight mineral oil works fine and fairly inexpensive.
These are all legit suggestions. Find what you like.
Basically bore oil.
"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. "
Mineral oil. Lemon oil is a waste of money.
Don't use olive or anything like that. It goes rancid.
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.