The truth about olive oil for our telecaster

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  1. telemnemonics

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    Warmoth has no comment on proper care of Warmoth necks.

    But Spuds Mackenzie's brother spike has something to say!
     
  2. warrent

    warrent Friend of Leo's

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    So the consensus seems to be that using any oil such as mineral oil or even olive oil causes no harm to the fretboard. Even Warmoth ends with "I have noticed no ill effects at all with any of mine thus far..."

    And yet no one has posted any proven benefit from oiling the fretboard or any reason to actually oil the fretboard. So why waste the money and time doing it?
     
  3. Solrac Kai

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    1 minute to apply and wipe off, with a product you already have in your house hold is not really a waste of time or money.
     
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    A-and you can use a slice of eggplant or zucchini to do the rubbin, then toss it on the grill.
     
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    I read somewhere that some people use split open walnut shells.
     
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    Who wants to email All Parts, Fender, Musicraft?;)
     
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    A-and...

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    where those "fat" plants?? - would be great to harvest for the current keto crowd. Just trying to be funny, no ill will intended. Is there really fat in plants?
     
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    SoOOoo... we accept that oil contains ... oil. So what exactly is vegetable oil? Protein? Sugar? Starch? Or is it...
     
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    I have not read all the posts, (so I am assuming this has already been noted) but there are a healthy handful of different types of rosewood, and they react differently to different chemicals. I started using Ballistol a wood leather metal cleaner, preservative and of course lubricant. A product from Germany I became accustomed to using in another hobby I had for about 50 years. Stuff worked great till one time it like almost melted a rosewood neck on a squier SE strat..since then I keep it away from my guitars. The positive net affect is I have a naturally semi scalloped neck on a cheap partscaster.
     
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    i know cows and hogs are genius machines for turning plants into fat - I didn't categorically class oil as fat, though most all fats can be turned into oil. Obviously - or maybe obliviously (you choose) I'm confused...heck; I was using a "universal" synthetic from Germany on a guitar neck (till it virtually melted a little).
     
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    TDPRI, so educational! Vegetable oil is vegetable fat: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetable_oil
     
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    I have heard of folks doing this to try to overcome fret spurs (swell the fingerboard)...personally if you have spurs it's time to get out the files and polish the little buggers into submission or get a new neck and crank up the humidifier
     
  14. Ronkirn

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    I'm still waiting for someone to tell me the unfits of using anything other than oils intended for a guitar... and/or the original, Mineral Oil...

    r
     
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    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

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    Olive Oil is a food

    Most foods eventually spoil, except honey and you wouldn't want to put that on your fret board.

    Oddly, however if you look up how to make furniture lemon oil polish etc. the recipe is

    Vinegar - Olive Oil - Lemon Juice ...................... all foods and all edible.

    Maybe the acid in the vinegar kills the food bacteria?


    Any who..... i've got an old bottle of fretboard oil from Martin I think it's so old the label has long since dissolved off so I don't know what it is made of.

    I'm sure it's not expensive and it last forever so.......

    Gary
     
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    I PM'd a friend of mine from when I was in LINT, Luthiers Interactive of North Texas. He is the best inlay artist I have ever seen. Unimaginably beautiful, understated work. A true artisan. I told him about the thread and asked what he would recommend for cleaning/conditioning a rosewood or ebony fret board. He asked before or after frets installed? I explained that these were mostly players, not builders and he said what he does with a new fret board, (which everything he sells has ebony or rosewood fret boards) he uses a cheap homemade uber fine scraper as a final finish prior to inlay work, performs inlay & marker work, installs frets. The very last he does prior to final strings and delivery is to blow the body out, clean "his paw prints off", wipe the fret board down with denatured alcohol and a clean cloth diaper to clean and open grain and then apply a Dalbergia oil. What is a dalbergia oil? He said, its a family of trees, I use bore oil from the band shop down the road, but Guitar Center sells the same stuff. me:eek:h, yes bore oil.


    I asked him he would recommend the following ( his answer next to each):

    1. mineral oil (Charles Fox swears by it)
    2. lemon oil (yeah, thats mineral oil with lemons see above)
    3. Olive Oil ( lmfao!!! oh, are you serious? no.)
    4. 3 in Oil (god no. and no motor oil, Diesel, jet fuel, kerosene or gasoline)
    5. rosewood oil (bore oil, yes)
    6. Vegetable oil (???? no, and no Crisco, lard, olestra or Pam lol)
    7. linseed oil (i dont know, maybe, would have look into it first)
    8. Tru oil (if you mean Danish oil, no)
    9. Orange oil (sounds acidic)
    I would consider Teak oil as well but have never tried it.
    Any warnings? Yes, some Fender fret boards I have seen, well, it aint far to the glue line ;)
    Thanks Rob!!
     
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    Lemon oil
     
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    I'd vote for Bore Oil.
    I don't recommend any oil contain Vitamin E.
    VE is good for your skin and hair but retards the crystallization of wood and finish and collect and keep grit/dust rather than moisture.
     
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  19. Ronkirn

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    again... why? what would Clarinet cork grease do for a guitar that something like a Dunlop product wouldn't? Or mineral Oil.. and remember Mineral oil was the "go to" oil for about every one prior to the introduction go purpose designed oils for the guitars fingerboards... it still works which is why its the base component in those purpose designed products.


    I wanna know what kind of mind-set allows for that kind of logic ...

    rk
     
  20. 4pickupguy

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    I have not seen cork grease suggested yet because bore oil is not grease nor used on the cork joints of a woodwind instrument. Bore oil is specifically designed to maintain the wood of woodwinds, instruments made of rosewood, blackwood, cocobolo, boxwood etc....
    It makes perfect sense to me to use rosewood oil or the like to maintain rosewood instruments. Even if it doesn’t come in a Dunlop branded bottle. Its not a mindset so much as it is a very short leap of logic.

     
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