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Old 11-19-2004, 11:48 AM   #1
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Cleaning your fretboard?


What do you guys use to clean your fretboard? I just used windex which was a no no :drunk: :whistling lol
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Old 11-19-2004, 01:25 PM   #2
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I have used rubbing alcohol on a rosewood fingerboard for years and years...no problems. I clean the frets and the strings with it. No problems at all. On a Maple neck like a Strat, that is not good. The Les Pauls don't seem to mind and it hasn't been a problem...probably not the best idea to use Isopropyl on rosewood, but in 20 something yrs of playing...never had a problem and it does take off a lot of grime...my thoughts...
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Old 11-19-2004, 01:38 PM   #3
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I use to use fast fret. Now when I change my strings I clean my guitar w/ Erine ball guitar polish. spray a little up and down thee neck and rub good w/ a cloth. Now, I dont know if these products are "good" for the neck, but it works for me.
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Old 11-19-2004, 02:06 PM   #4
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actually, its a good thing to use 3 and 1 Oil. I do that about once a month. it keeps in smoooth, keeps it from warping and it plays better.
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Old 11-19-2004, 02:07 PM   #5
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lemon oil...after using Silvo or duraglit to polish the frets!

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Old 11-22-2004, 08:12 PM   #6
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i just use a clean cloth, i tried useing guitar polish but it makes the neck feel funny. a cloth will do fine just rub the spots dirt should come off easy..
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Old 11-22-2004, 09:20 PM   #7
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Cleaning your fretboard


From a professional standpoint. 3 in 1 oil is a huge no no. It collects dust grime and gunk that you really dont want imbedded in your fretboard. Alcohol is fine as long as you follow it with lemon oil to replace the needed moisture content in your fretboard. Most waxes and polishes just build up on the fretboard leaving it gunked and unpleasant to say the least.
If your going to clean your frets, use masking tape on the open fretboard areas to protect them while you polish the frets .
Lemon oil is actually a wonderful thing, it replenishes lost moisture in the fretboard and helps to keep the cellular structure of the wood stable which helps keep your frets nice and tight in the fretboard. This also helps to keep frets from raising up .
If your on a budget like most of us you can buy Lemon oil in the household cleaning aisle at most discount stores like walmart in a 16oz bottle for under 3 bucks. A 2 ounce bottle will run you that much in most guitar shops.
Use a soft lint free cloth. (flannel dust rags work great) Saturate a portion of the cloth and apply it to the fretboard allowing it to soak in. Repeat this till it stops soaking in the lem-oil. Wipe off any excess afterwards.
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Old 11-23-2004, 06:56 AM   #8
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I used lemonoil. My Ibanez RG470, which I think is Rosewood, or Maple ? Anyway, a darkwood was so, so dirty. So I figured that I would give it a try. The neck has come up a real treat, and plays nice once again.

There was so much grime on there it was embarassing !

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Old 11-23-2004, 08:17 AM   #9
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I use "endust" in the yellow can to clean it (which is 90% alcohol) and then Formby's Lemon Oil which you can get at the Home Depot for about 3 bucks.

Makes an old cruddy neck seem brand new.

The only place I would put 3-1 oil is on the moving parts of a Floyd.
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This is a good topic. I always wondered what to use to get all that finger gunk off my guitar. Then i found "goo gone". Does the trick.
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I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil on mine? Was that wrong??
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Healthier than Lard, but it's more expensive. Depends how loaded you are mate...

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I use swafega around the neck and then i rub the head with 2 tablespoons of codliver oil which has been placed in the microwave for 30 seconds on defrost. Works wonders for me:whistling
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furniture polish or nowt.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Geordie
I use swafega around the neck and then i rub the head with 2 tablespoons of codliver oil which has been placed in the microwave for 30 seconds on defrost. Works wonders for me:whistling
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