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Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by GLee94, Jan 28, 2021.

  1. GLee94

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    just curious how you guys treat your Rosewood fretboards. for the longest time I was using Kyser len oil and was told from the gate never to let oil rest on the fretboard but rather wipe it on and off. doing this a lot of the times the fretboard looks great for a day or so and then looks drier than a bone like it has some kind of wax on the surface. recently I conducted an experiment on an SG where I let the oil soak for about 10 minutes on a very dry fretboard when I wiped it dry it darkened by about three shades which has still held up for about a week and there has been no noticeable changes in the playability of the guitar. as of now I’m gonna have to say I am in favor of oiling boards when needed and I’m wondering why so many people seem to be afraid of fretboard conditioners? let me know about your experiences! thanks!
     
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    maybe in Arizona
     
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  3. alnico357

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    Occasionally I apply lemon oil to my ebony fretboards. I let it sit a few minutes then wipe off. This has worked for 36 years on my Carvin and 25 years on my Taylor.
     
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    I apply lemon oil on all my RW- and ebony board guitars every time I switch strings. Same procedure as alnico357 ^. No change in playability, but they look so good after the treatment. ;)
     
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    It's probably fine. Martin says no lemon oil because it contains acids that can damage finish. Taylor says to clean the fretboard with 0000 steel wool then use a thin layer of boiled linseed oil. They Keyser product is called Lem Oil rather than lemon oil because it's probably not pure lemon oil and since it's made for guitars it's probably fine. I have used lemon oil and i love the smell but I lean towards mineral oil now. You can use the basic stuff from the pharmacy or get cutting board oil.
     
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    The steel wool fibers might get into your pickup magnets. I don't apply the oil to the body of the guitar so no acid damage. I actually use Homer Formby lemon oil.
     
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    I live in a desert, and think that makes me more inclined to treat my fretboard with an oil product. I still use "Fiddlebrite." I apply a small amount to a soft cloth, and rub it into the board. I wipe off any excess moisture immediately. I typically do this 2-3 times a year.
     
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    Mineral oil is what's in most of the pseudo fretboard specific products the industry has to sell you at a premium. You can add vanilla or raspberry smell if you like it.

    Never use steel wool, your pickup magnets will eat it and make them rust. Firm toothbrush and warm water is what I use to remove grime before oiling. I usually let the oil sit for a few minutes before wiping it.
     
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    i actually switched to ernie ball wonder wipes when i tested it on the sg.. i think they’re a blend of orange, linseed, and jojoba oils...worked well and lasts longer than the lem oil i mentioned.


     
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    clarinet oil is grenadilla
     
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    Kroger Baby Oil about once a year.
     
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    image.jpg I bought this years and years ago. It seems to do alright.
    it smells nice And is apparently about a lifetime supply!
    I also use it on wooden handgun grips.
     
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    I just use the plain food-grade mineral oil on mine. Same thing that I use on my nice cutting board.

    As with any industry, if you buy the "generic" that's not marketed specifically for your intended activity, you can get the exact same thing for less money.
     
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    boiled linseed oil is all ive ever used on rosewood/ebany boards simply wipe on wipe off a few times:D
     
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    Unscented I hope. I can't stand the baby oil fragrance. I bet babies don't like it either.
     
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    It ain't rocket science. Just oil the thing and move on.
     
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    I don't live in a dry environment. I use either Dunlop or S/M fretboard oil every 6-12 mo.. Let it soak for 10-15 min then remove excess. I also use FastFret every few plays. It has white mineral oil in it. I don't wipe it off. Followed this plan for 40 years.
     
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    I use mineral oil and let it soak in for 15 minutes before wiping it off. I do it about once a year.
     
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    i’m in erie and that’s what i typically do (1-2 times a year) the sg was a new trade that hadn’t been cared for much so it drank it up like a camel..
     
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