#1


I like to clean my rosewood fretboard with a soft cloth (nothing is applied to the fretboard before wiping) after I play it for awhile and am concerned with what is coming off when I try to rub the buildup of junk that begins to surface. Once I rub the "junk" off I look at the cloth and I am self conscious that I am rubbing off the finish.I clean it often as in every day and I end up with my cloth getting darker and darker. I could just be paranoid but I don't know much when it comes to these situations. Am i rubbing too hard? Should I not rub the junk off without applying a conditioner or something? Is this natural for a rosewood fretboard?
#2
Is an acoustic? I've seen a lot of black paint on those
Guitars:
1997 Guild Bluesbird
Gibson Les Paul Bfg
Acoustics
Ibanez GSR200FM Bass
Amps:
Bugera V55HD w/avatar cab
Fender Champ 600 with 4 ohm cab
70s traynor 200w head with 2 9x8 cabs for bass
#3
i didnt think rosewood fretboards had a finish on them...
it shoudl be fine dude

just curious what are you using to clean the fret board as in what kind of conditionr or hwatever?
#4
It is an electric guitar, but my acoustic, which also has a rosewood fretboard, give me the same thing and "finish" was probably the wrong word.. I am not applying any conditioner or anything for that matter. I am just rubbing the soft cloth that came with a guitar cleaning kit against the fretboard right after a playing session.
#5
well does it change the color any? Do you wash your hands before you play?

Could just be dirt dust or oil. Its probably that dirty

I use wd 40 on my guitars works great but spot test it first, If the finish is linseed oil I think your supposed to re oil it every 6 to 9 months but i dont know, I wouldnt apply wd 40 to that.
#6
I use lemon oil when I change the strings on one of my guitars - a couple of drops along each fret, and then a light gentle rubbing...then I air dry it, gives a little moisture to the fretboard. then I carefully scrape the surface with the edge of an old credit card or something non- abraisive.

By the way I own a music store and do all the pro setups in my area. I've probably done 1000 of them by now. I learned a lot of what I do, by studying a guy that I respect, Dan Erlewine.

Those marks came from the strings, believe it or not. There's no issue there.

Best,

Sean
Last edited by Sean0913 at Jun 15, 2011,