#1
So after looking at my maple fretboard on my Strat, I noticed black gunk on there that just looks disgusting. Usually, I use some #0000 Steel Wool and rub it out on my other guitar which has a rosewood fretboard, but I'm not sure if that is safe to use on my maple fretboard. Can anybody help me with this as I'm about to change my strings and this would be the perfect time to clean it out?
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#2
DO NOT use steel wool on a maple fretboard. The safest way to clean it is a tooth brush and some good ol fashioned elbow grease. You can get a fret protector that you can use to cover the wood so you don't scratch it when you polish the frets. You can get it here.

As for cleaning the board, I've heard lots of people using lighter fluid, or orange oil and just buff it out.
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So after looking at my maple fretboard on my Strat, I noticed black gunk on there that just looks disgusting. Usually, I use some #0000 Steel Wool and rub it out on my other guitar which has a rosewood fretboard, but I'm not sure if that is safe to use on my maple fretboard. Can anybody help me with this as I'm about to change my strings and this would be the perfect time to clean it out?


rosewood is unfinished, it is not laquered, in other words, it always breathes, rosewood you can clean with a fretboard cleaner (i use lemon oil) and maybe a little bit of #0000.

maple is laquered and you cannot use steel woll on it without removing the finish, thus allowing moisture into the wood if the finish were to be removed significantly or completely.

so sorry OP, i do not know what you should use, but posted because a while ago there was a guy on here that was asking a question about something maintence related, and didn't wait for a response to do anything, and he did what he thought would work and he damaged his guitar (IIRC it may have been permently).

so if nobody gets back to you tonight, DO NOT steel wool the fretboard of a maple neck.
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DO NOT use steel wool on a maple fretboard. The safest way to clean it is a tooth brush and some good ol fashioned elbow grease. You can get a fret protector that you can use to cover the wood so you don't scratch it when you polish the frets. You can get it here.

As for cleaning the board, I've heard lots of people using lighter fluid, or orange oil and just buff it out.


beat me to it. i guess i took more than 4 mins to type... lol
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DO NOT use steel wool on a maple fretboard. The safest way to clean it is a tooth brush and some good ol fashioned elbow grease. You can get a fret protector that you can use to cover the wood so you don't scratch it when you polish the frets. You can get it here.

As for cleaning the board, I've heard lots of people using lighter fluid, or orange oil and just buff it out.


Hmm...a toothbrush eh? Well I guess whatever works. Do I need to put any kind of substance onto the toothbrush or do I just take a regular toothbrush and just scrub away? And to that guy who posted something about that other guy posting and not waiting, yea I remember that topic. Though I forgot the content or answer to that topic which is why I decided to post this.
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#6
Depending on how heavy the lacquer is, I always used a tiny bit of warm water on a rag probably not the smartest thing but i've had my Strat for 3 years now and it's not stuffed.
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#7
ill throw a curve ball...what about non lacquered maple necks?
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