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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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Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
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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  • go to guitar store
  • 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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Quote by seljer
  • go to guitar store
  • 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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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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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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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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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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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.

Quote by Arby911
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.

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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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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 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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Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
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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http://www.muzique.com/schem/fret.htm


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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The best thing to do is not let it get dirty in the first place.

This.

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How do u apply the stuff do u just spray it onto the fretboard or do u spray it into the cloth?
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The Dunlop Lemon Oil has an applicator built into the bottle.
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I use lemon oil mostly to clean the fretboard rather than to condition it. Especially for repairs at the shop, some gunk gets on there that's impossible to get off without some kind of lemon oil.

As long as you don't drench the fretboard in it you'll be fine.
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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.



This. This. THIS.

This is the lowest common denominator. Mineral oil is what commercial 'lemon oil' is based on.

This topic generally shits me. Every few weeks someone dredges up the same question and I've seen people respond with everything from a slightly damp rag (fine) to applying a film of engine motor oil (WTF?). There is so much misinformation.

I've used baby oil for years to periodically wipe the fretboards on my guitars (just a small amount periodically as in 6 month out to 12 month intervals), and it does exactly the same thing as commercial lemon oil.....

.....and smells like babies.
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I refuse to finger babies, weirdo.
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Wow, that's pretty shocking.

Good gif though.
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Quote by FenderBender72
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?



See if you can find some mineral oil, it's almost the same (or is) as lemon oil. You can also use extra virgin olive oil, but not too often. Use it sparingly.
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OK, I'm just gonna order the dunlop. Thanks for the info guys. awesome chris hansen gif darkwolf

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Quote by Bearstone
See if you can find some mineral oil, it's almost the same (or is) as lemon oil. You can also use extra virgin olive oil, but not too often. Use it sparingly.


you shouldnt used olive oil unless you like rotting smell.
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