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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by nosuch, Sep 17, 2017.
Really? Surely not on Nancy. Being a '53, it pre-dated rosewood fretboards by six years.
Dunlop 65 lemon oil on rosewood only at about once a year during a string change. The Dunlop bottle has a dobber that kinda keeps you from using too much. It should be just minimal enough for you to rub in the smallest amount. Keep an eye on your rosewood fretboards, because some tend to dry out faster than others. My bottle will probably last me 20 years.
I've been using lemon oil for 40 years, and I generally put it on pretty heavy too. I am always told it would soften the wood and ruin it in some way. Never has.
Most of my necks are maple, but my basses and my Strat are rosewood and boiled linseed oil works excellently.
Still not good to use EVER on ANYTHING!!!! Pledge is full of silicon. It will work its way below the crazing of the fret board lacquer and lift the clear coat.
Valvoline 10W/30 makes me play really fast!
So-called lemon oil contains no lemons, ya know. It's merely (expensive) scent added to straight up mineral oil.
Mineral oil is the best thing, IMO, but you don't need to pay for the lemons.
Olive oil goes rancid.
Motor oil, 3-in-1 oil, you can see the impurities. Fine for metal parts, but I don't want that crap embedded in my rosewood grain.
Whatever you do, don't use too much. Unless you're drying out the board by scrubbing with naphtha for some reason (to clean off serious gunk, remove dye, etc), then all your board should need is a few drops, well rubbed in, once a year.
Drench the poor thing, or oil it every time you change strings, and you chance swelling the end grain of the fret slots, and loosening the frets.
It's actually Mineral Oil with a Lemon smell, not real Lemon Oil at all. You could use Baby Oil if you liked (iirc).
I've got old boards that are almost about to crack after decades and they drank that stuff up. Time for another swabbing.
It's done no harm. It's brought out the beautiful darkness of the Rosewood boards a treat. It's healed the coming cracks. What' not to like?
Just scrape off all the accumulated gunk. Don't put too much on. Wipe it off quickly and thoroughly. Good to go. Makes a world of difference.
And yeah, the Lemon thing makes it smell nice too for a while (about 5 hours).
On my newer guitars that had that light stripey Rosewood effect, well, it brought out the nice dark tones and they have stayed on top for over a year now (since last treatment).
It's magical stuff really. I love it. I'd use it on any guitar I have.
Old English lemon oil that's all I have ever used. When I bought my Breedlove I emailed them about how to take care of it they said Lemon oil on the finger board and Pledge on the guitar. I just can't bring myself to stay pledge on it.
mineral oil, here.
Yeah that's what I have here too. As far as I remember ist was left by a roommate like 15 years ago ...
I've been using it since about 2009, and I'm still using the same bottle. It doesn't take a lot of it, and it seems to keep the boards in good shape on my acoustics.
I go to In n Out Burger, order a double double and then play my guitar. The hamburger grease leaves a great finished on the finger board and it smells great when you open the guitar case.
That's what I use. I have 3 bare maple fretboards I use it on too. The bare maple feels great compared to the thick, sticky poly found on most maple boards.
I still have a can and a bottle:
Been using it since the 80s. It has imparted a wonderful dark color to the rosewood neck of my Strat.
(And, my yellow Strat smells like lemons -- I kid you not!)
Considering how little I use at a time, it's going to be a long time before I need to find anything else!
This is the best stuff. Made from only plant oils, no waxes, mineral oil or other grain clogging ingredients.
I wouldn't use Olive oil- it can build up and mold and sour over time. Walnut oil won't mold and is excellent alternative.