#1
whats the best thing to use to clean a fretboard. don't give me like product names, just household stuff. i heard that lemon and water or something like that works, but i'm not sure. anyways... any help would be appreciated.
#3
Quote by Refixer
Lemon Oil, for rosewood.

After you've cleaned it.

Take a soft, dry cloth, and literally clean off any grime that may be there. Anything that may have "stuck" there, cause we're all a little bit messy, simply repeat yet lightly dampen the cloth don't soak it.

If its rosewood, finish it off by applying some lemon oil. Most music shops will sell this, multiple brands.
#5
yep lemon oil on unprotected maple fretboard will stain it. so you just use regular guitar polish for it
#6
most houshold products contain water. not a good idea to use water on a guitar neck.
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#7
I've got grime on my (rosewood) 'board, but it won't come off if you rub it "with a soft, dry cloth" as you said. I can get it off by scratching with my nail, but I'm not prepared to scratch the whole fretboard.

I've heard someone used steel wool? Would this damage the board?
#8
yeah they are talking about 0000 steel wool, its pretty soft. but less messy is a soft tooth brush.
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I've got grime on my (rosewood) 'board, but it won't come off if you rub it "with a soft, dry cloth" as you said. I can get it off by scratching with my nail, but I'm not prepared to scratch the whole fretboard.

I've heard someone used steel wool? Would this damage the board?


actually use lemon oil and let it sit there for 20 minutes or so then clean it off repeat if necessary of course you could always use a toothbrush and brush aswell to help loosen the grime. and steel wool is used better to clean your frets if they are dirty.
#10
I've been using orange cleaner on a rag to get grime off my ebony fretboard.
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#13
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does the lemon make the fretboard smell?


yes it made mine smell like lemon well then again thats because i went over the fretboard about 10 times. also its a good idea to do it in a well ventilated area. it also made mine feel smooth and wet
#15
mine has after about 1 week. but it still looks pretty black like jet black hair so yeh. probably should do it once every 6 months or so
#16
It does smell orangey. It's too slick after I do it, the residue evaporates off pretty quickly though. Cleans like a mutha.
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#17
I bet that setting it on fire would do the trick. It worked for Jimi Hendrix.
#18
You can also use a pick on your fretboard along with steel wool to get the really nasty stuff off.

When my fingerboard had a ton of **** on it i used a razor blade, but i have really steady hands
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#19
when you guys say lemon oil, you dont mean that lemon juice that comes in little plastic yellow lemon shaped containers do you
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#20
nope.

its not going to be anything laying around ur house. a dunlop bottle of cleaner conditioner costs a few bucks.

some guys use furniture polish, thats what they were talking about.
its just that, furniture polish often has water and other additives.
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#21
Quote by sashki
I've got grime on my (rosewood) 'board, but it won't come off if you rub it "with a soft, dry cloth" as you said. I can get it off by scratching with my nail, but I'm not prepared to scratch the whole fretboard.

I've heard someone used steel wool? Would this damage the board?


use a toothbrush with lemon oil give it a few good scrubs. i spent nearly a whole half an hour just cleaning my SX man was it cleaner than before
#22
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when you guys say lemon oil, you dont mean that lemon juice that comes in little plastic yellow lemon shaped containers do you


http://www.thomann.de/thoiw2_dandrea_lemon_oil_prodinfo.html

The point being that it can't have any biting materials in it, such as alcohol.
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#23
For years I used to just squirt windex on the rosewood fingerboard on my strat, then wipe off immediately with paper towel. I did this on every string change, which was about once a week. No harm done. It Ok to get wet, you are taking it off right away. It doesn't get chance to soak in.
#24
^if i had i wood table the last thing i would use on it is a harsh window cleaner.
guitars are usually hearty. but if they make a cheap product especially for the care and cleaning of it, why wouldnt u use it?
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