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damole
09-15-2008, 05:30 PM
what do u clean ur fretboard with? i heard that using water is the best way.

chaoticchild555
09-15-2008, 05:48 PM
Lemon juice and paper towels.

captivate
09-15-2008, 06:13 PM
not lemon juice. that can destroy the finish. You use water and a textured, but soft cloth. just dampen the cloth and give the fretboard a good rub down.

KSUGuy
09-16-2008, 10:29 PM
Lemon juice would be bad, yes. Lemon OIL is ok. I use a product called Lizard Spit, which is a combo of lemon and orange oils, and also works as a string lube. I like it. If you use the oil tho, you only need to use it a couple times a year at most. And really, you shouldn't need to clean your fret board that often if your washing your hands before you play, like you should;).

damole
09-17-2008, 07:13 PM
lol okay, and also is there a big difference when u first clean it?

bluezombie
09-17-2008, 07:17 PM
I should probably clean my fretboard too, it's full of dead skin particles and other strange products...

And some blood from when i used to do alot of tapping :(

damole
09-17-2008, 07:23 PM
also, what kind of cloth do u use?

bluezombie
09-17-2008, 07:31 PM
also, what kind of cloth do u use?
I'm guessing a regular soft facecloth should do the trick

captivate
09-17-2008, 10:56 PM
also, what kind of cloth do u use?

for the fretboard you can use some rougher clothes like any old face cloth. The texture makes it easier to clean the dead skin, etc. don't use rough stuff on the guitar body though.

Akabilk
09-18-2008, 03:02 AM
Lint free cloth. Just add some lemon oil to it and slide it back and forth underneath the strings or do it when your changing your strings. It's not a rocket science thing.

damole
09-18-2008, 05:15 PM
how about a toothbrush?

Akabilk
09-18-2008, 08:02 PM
Stick with the soft rag and keep the toothbrush for your teeth.

damole
09-18-2008, 10:41 PM
lol okay, and also is there a big difference when u first clean it?

no one answered that btw...

captivate
09-18-2008, 10:57 PM
what do you mean a big difference? unless it's really dirty, you won't feel much difference. it's just clean...

1 Winged Angel
09-20-2008, 03:28 PM
what do you mean a big difference? unless it's really dirty, you won't feel much difference. it's just clean...

And a clean guitar is a happy guitar... assuming inanimate objects had feelings...
I just tend to make sure to wash my hands before I play, I haven't had much of a problem with it being dirty. Keeping strings and fretboard/frets clean makes sure that your hands don't get much dirtier from handling your guitar, and helps your strings last longer.

bluezombie
09-20-2008, 04:11 PM
Damole, shut up lol. We answered your question in various different ways. Just rub a cloth over the damn thing.

captivate
09-20-2008, 04:46 PM
And a clean guitar is a happy guitar... assuming inanimate objects had feelings...
I just tend to make sure to wash my hands before I play, I haven't had much of a problem with it being dirty. Keeping strings and fretboard/frets clean makes sure that your hands don't get much dirtier from handling your guitar, and helps your strings last longer.

Quite true. Though... Even if you wash your hands before playing, the fretboard will still eventually get dirty from the dead skin falling off your hands.

damole
09-20-2008, 04:53 PM
how do u know if ur fretboard is dirty?

bluezombie
09-20-2008, 05:01 PM
how do u know if ur fretboard is dirty?
:(

captivate
09-20-2008, 06:52 PM
how do u know if ur fretboard is dirty?
are you serious? :eek:

sorry, but i dont think that one was dignified enough for a response.

David_Bowie=GOD
09-20-2008, 07:34 PM
how do u know if ur fretboard is dirty?

:haha

im sorry but even a noob should know that

gee i dunno, when its dirty and dusty?!!?!

1 Winged Angel
09-22-2008, 12:05 AM
Its dirty when there is dust on it really. Dust = skin + fibers (clothes) + pollen.
You can try using a bit of cloth and rub it on the fretboard and see if its dirty. Usually you can notice. Another trick is to lightly lick your finger and rub it on the fretboard. That will tell you if its dirty.

I was talking with someone else who has played guitar for 13 years and he said lemon oil every once in a while is good, other then that, you dont really need much but maybe a little polish like dunlop or something. But yes, lemon oil only really.

drywater101
09-22-2008, 09:40 AM
i use a product called lizard spit. i like it