The truth about olive oil for our telecaster

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  1. Moniyaw

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    I've been using olive oil to condition rosewood fretboard on my guitars for a decade now.
    How many of you use olive oil?
    I heard that it tends to rot the wood after awhile but I've never noticed any deterioration.
    After trying different oils and products I always go back to olive oil because in the end it seems to last longer, even after exposing the guitar to dry environments.

    I remember having this cheap beginner strat that I used when I first learned guitar, I gave to a friend for a couple years and when I got I back I immediately put it in a case and forgot about it for about 3 years.
    When I opened the case to inspect the guitar, the fretboard looked surprisingly good and didn't need conditioning.

    Is there any truth about olive oil rotting fretboards or I'm just lucky?
     
  2. rze99

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    People say all sorts of nonsense about oil on rosewood. As long as it's not excessive and wiped off, it's cool.
     
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    Vegetable oils will eventually go rancid because of the fat in them.
     
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    What do you recommend for a long lasting result?
    I feel like I'm gambling every time I apply olive oil but so far so good...
     
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    Mineral oil. It's cheap, too.
     
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    I tried mineral oil before but it dries after a month.
    Maybe I didn't use enough?

    I tend to stay away from commercial products specifically for fretboards. I've used different brands but their just like mineral oil. They work but too overpriced.
     
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    In theory.... Perhaps.

    People wipe oil on and off their rosewood fretboards with no problems. I've put many oils vegetable mineral and whatever on them for decades. No issues.

    Show me a rancid fretboard.
     
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    That's right. It's temporary. Not absorbed. Just like moisturiser on our skin.
     
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    If you truly need to apply mineral oil monthly, then your problem is not a dry fretboard. Your house is way too dry which will cause fret and other issues. But I bet you are just over conditioning your board. Which I’ve heard is not good.
     
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    Rosewood oil twice a year. Easy to get. A bottle last forever. And it smells so nice! It absorbs in about 5 minutes and leaves no residue.
     
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    Exactly, I hear that you're "not supposed" to use it because of this reason, but no problem so far.

    A buddy of mine tried synthetic motor oil on a cheap Epiphone he had laying around and it surprisingly worked.
    It's not something that I would even think of doing but I guess it worked for him...
     
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    I use a small amount of boiled linseed oil
     
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    Olive oil is in my opinion not a good idea. It is a food product that does go rancid. Music Nomad F-One conditioner is the best product on the market for unfinished boards. It is all natural nut oils and dries completely. Olive oil will never dry.
     
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    bore oil; used for woodwinds...
     
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    I'm confused;

    We aren't supposed to rub the blood of a ritualisticaly sacrificed homeless man on rosewood fretboards?

    The guy at Samash lied all those years ago?

    I gotta go rethink some choices I've made...
     
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    But the problem is that I don't want a product that dries too fast. I want my fretboard to feel conditioned for as lot as possible.
    Olive oil lasts until I decide to clean the fretboard and reapply the oil after cleaning.
     
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    On a new neck I use mineral oil, just enough to dampen. Wipe off what doesn't soak in.

    It might never need it again.
     
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    This vintage rosewood Fender Strat board is over 45 years old.

    It is mine. I've owned it since about '89 and was one of two main gigging guitars for many years. With string changes especially, I have put all sorts of s*** on this board over the decades... Mr Sheen, tung oil, mineral oil, scratch cover oil, renovation fluid, 3 in 1, almond oil, olive oil, baby oil, lemon oil, linseed oil... whatever I've had to hand.... the list goes on.

    No damage, no problems, no fret popping.. no nothing.

    Not rancid.

    It's worn but, personally, think it looks rather wonderful.

    So go ahead, use whatever you want if it makes you feel good.

    Wipe it on, rub it in, wipe it off.

    No problems.

    Rosewood fretboards are really tough cookies.

    Here's my proof:

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    If your fretboard needs to be conditioned then maybe it’s time to buy a new guitar. Same principal applies to string changes. Don’t waste money on new strings, buy a new guitar:)
     
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    Any excuse to buy a guitar is good one
     
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