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Old 10-18-2012, 10:37 AM   #1
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Lemon Oil for rosewood fretboard

The guitar shop in town doesn't carry any lemon oil, so I'm stuck either going to the hardware store or ordering some online... There were three at the hardware store that I think might work, I'm just looking for reassurance as I dont want to mess up my fretboard. The three brands in the wood finishing section were Weiman (it had some type of uv protection), Old Craftsmen's lemon oil with beeswax, and Formby's lemon oil treatment. Anybody use any of these? Or should I just order some?
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:40 AM   #2
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don't use that crap
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:49 AM   #3
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don't use that crap


Care to detail? "crap" as in lemon oil in general?- or any of these products? thanks for the informative post...
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:48 AM   #4
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  1. go to guitar store
  2. buy whatever 'fretboard conditioner' they carry, as its most likely lemon or some other oil anyway (or at least thats what the bottle thats lasted me like 6 years now smells like)
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:03 PM   #5
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  1. go to guitar store
  2. buy whatever 'fretboard conditioner' they carry, as its most likely lemon or some other oil anyway (or at least thats what the bottle thats lasted me like 6 years now smells like)


That's simply not an option...
looks like im going to order some.
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:06 PM   #6
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I used to love Lemon Oil and put it on my rosewood fretboard every string change until a Luthier told me to quit doing it.

He said that stuff seeps in, drys out, causes the board to crack and basically makes it worse in the end. You have to keep applying it and its like cocaine. You need more and more.

So unless you have a really bad fretboard - don't bother.

Most of that Lemon Oil isn't really lemon oil at all they just put scented crap in it to make it smell good.

Worst case - I hear the Dunlop fretboard oil is OK.

My suggestion is to just get some GHS Fast Frets and follow the directions. That is what I use.
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:07 PM   #7
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Don't use that shit.

It dries out the fretboard more in the long run.
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:08 PM   #8
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I don't put anything on my fretboards. I wipe them down with a damp rag when I restring, but that's it.
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:44 PM   #9
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I don't put anything on my fretboards. I wipe them down with a damp rag when I restring, but that's it.


That's usually me as well, but if I do feel the need I use (and this is NOT the 'suggested method' and I'll probably catch hell for it) a silicone based formula, just a touch on a rag and a quick wipe and it makes the fretboard slicker than boiled owl shit!

I've been told that's a HUGE no-no, but IDGAF, it works.
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Old 10-18-2012, 02:43 PM   #10
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I use the Dunlop 65 cleaner kit on my Hellraiser and RG7321 an haven't had any problem's with the lemon oil.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:13 PM   #11
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the dunlop 65 is fine.

synthetic linseed oil for guitar is fine too.

using a small amount a couple times a year isnt going to
break anything.
most of the time i just wipe them down with a rag.

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That's usually me as well, but if I do feel the need I use (and this is NOT the 'suggested method' and I'll probably catch hell for it) a silicone based formula, just a touch on a rag and a quick wipe and it makes the fretboard slicker than boiled owl shit!

I've been told that's a HUGE no-no, but IDGAF, it works.



TO HELL WITH YOU!

yeah, imo, no silicone products on guitars.

if the guitar gets taken into a tech for any reason after, the silicone can contaminate his stuff.

booooo
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:22 PM   #12
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Yeah, I would hate to have my junk contaminated by someone else's guitar.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:25 PM   #13
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I have an Ibanez I bought used and the fretboard looked pretty bad. I had some teak oil normally used on my boat so I gave it a shot. Worked wonders.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:41 PM   #14
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I don't know why this is so difficult - get fretboard product that specifically states it is for fretboards. A bottle is like $5.

I personally really like the Gibson Luthier stuff. I've also used the Dunlop 65 stuff, and it's pretty decent. Either of those will work for you.

Never used Fast Fret, but that's another thing that will work.
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I'm just telling you what CorduroyEW told me.

I was an avid lemon oil fan. Dr Stringfellow I think it was.

He talked me out of it

He is a luthier.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:52 PM   #16
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I'm pretty sure most of the fretboard conditioners are based on mineral oil. Lemon oil is mineral oil with a lemon scent. You can even use baby oil, which mineral with fragrance added.

Your fretboard won't dry out and crack from using mineral oil.
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I'm just telling you what CorduroyEW told me.

I was an avid lemon oil fan. Dr Stringfellow I think it was.

He talked me out of it

He is a luthier.



yeah cord likes synthetic linseed oil.
that's why i added that in my post.

but in a really long time of cleaning up guitars for people,
dunlop has been fine for a couple times a year, if that.

i think it's a non issue either way...

unless someone uses linseed or mineral oil on a rag and
doesnt disposed of the rag properly, causing a fire.
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The best thing to do is not let it get dirty in the first place. Keep a rag handy (one should live in your case and/or another on the stand) and wipe your fingerboard down immediately after you finish playing. It only takes a few seconds.
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I wasn't even going to get into me using steel wool.

I'd probably seriously freak some people out.
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The best thing to do is not let it get dirty in the first place.

This.

My guitar is never dry.
Being in a totally bitchin' glam band, It's always soaked in the juices the bitches who came when I started playing.

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