#1
So I had my new LP (that I purchased used) setup. Big improvement, but it seems as if they went overboard on the fretboard oil. My hands get pretty sweaty as it is and this oil makes me feel like a greaseball. Is oil on fretboards really necessary?
#2
You'll get different opinions on this.

Some say it is fine.

Some say don't go overboard because the oil seeps into the wood grain, dries and ends up causing more damage than good. A luthier on here told me that.

I just use GHS FastFret.


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Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
You'll get different opinions on this.

Some say it is fine.

Some say don't go overboard because the oil seeps into the wood grain, dries and ends up causing more damage than good. A luthier on here told me that.

I just use GHS FastFret.


PS: +311


:p I hope to god they didn't ruin my fretboard. It's pretty oily. Usually I trust these guys, but this time I'll take it with some salt.
#4
Some people have very dry skin and keep their guitars in very dry conditions, so they become used to applying more oil than is necessary. It's pretty common with techs who spend most of the day working with their hands and constantly washing them, drying their skin out.
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I'm a textbook example of extremely dry hands. Mine don't even sweat much when I exert myself.

But I'm no guitar tech.
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#6
I only oil mine once a year and I don't go overboard. I usually apply small amounts and let the board absorb it. I'll stop once the wood stops accepting any more of it.
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#7
I don't know that salt would be a good option.
You can clean the excess oil off with naptha (Ronsonol/lighter fluid).
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I don't know that salt would be a good option.
You can clean the excess oil off with naptha (Ronsonol/lighter fluid).


I think he might have meant take the advice with a grain of salt lol
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I think he might have meant take the advice with a grain of salt lol

Oh jeez, heh
Had a dull moment there and misread as "I'll take to it with some salt".
Still, try the naptha, it'll work wonders.
#11
I use the dunlop fretboard conditioner on rosewood and maple fretboards only. It seems to give them a healthier look and feel. On ebony it seemed to dry it out more than I was comfortable with. On ebony I just a very slight amount of tung oil about once a year.
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I use the dunlop fretboard conditioner on rosewood and maple fretboards only. It seems to give them a healthier look and feel. On ebony it seemed to dry it out more than I was comfortable with. On ebony I just a very slight amount of tung oil about once a year.


do you have raw maple or something? lacquered maple doesn't need oil at all.
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do you have raw maple or something? lacquered maple doesn't need oil at all.



Birdseye. I just like the way it feels afterward. And it's not just an oil, it's a cleaner, most of it evaporates quickly.
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Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
You'll get different opinions on this.

Some say it is fine.

Some say don't go overboard because the oil seeps into the wood grain, dries and ends up causing more damage than good. A luthier on here told me that.


I don't like my fretboard oily and that's what I thought about oily fretboards. The oil could seep into the wood and maybe do damage. My hands don't sweat that much but still my fret board has that dryish grime on it after weeks of playing. Is there any type of alternative cleaner that I can find in my home. Can anyone suggest?
#15
Personally I'd take a dry cloth to it and try and soak all of that oil out of it. If it's that much that it concerns you it may be too much.
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#16
Try buffing the oil out with a clean rag. When buffing doesn't pull anymore oil from the fretboard (you start and finish with a clean rag) you'll know you're done buffing.

I oil mine about once a year, give or take. I apply a few drops down the length of the fretboard and rub them in making sure there's an even coat. After it sits for 10-15 minutes I start buffing it out until I start and finish with a clean rag.

Everything I own right now has ebony fretboards for what it's worth. And I use a product called Dr Ducks AxWax. Terrible name (especially since it doesn't contain wax) but it does everything you'd ever want to do to a guitar with a liquid. Conditions, cleans, polishes, etc. Excellent stuff and a bottle lasts FOREVER
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