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topic says it all. *I own a '98 JEM7VWH. *The board seems less dark and shows some playing wear on it (like the Rosewood board on your tutorial did). *How do I get the playing grunge off of it and keep it oiled? *Is the process the same for ebony?
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Treat ebony the same as rosewood. The next time I do one I'll be trying out a fine Scotchbrite pad, but only to get to the very edge of the fret since it's nice and straight. I'll still use 0000 for the rest.
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Don't treat ebony like rosewood.
Don't sand or Scotchbrite anything yet (read on...)
Don't use anything silicone- or wax-based. *It will either collect dirt or over-moisturize your board (like WD-40, Pledge, or 3-in-1 oil)

Try "Scott's Liquid Gold". *I swear by it. *If you REALLY take care of your guitar(s), you use that stuff.

They used to have it in little jars, but I guess the aerosol can would work. *I know what I'm getting Rich for X-mas: a gallon of the stuff! *:-)
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Please, save your money, I hate that stuff!!
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I would recomend steel wool on my fretboard about as much as I'd recomend Taco Bell hot sauce in your gas tank.

If you can't get the liquid gold stuff, Endust works great too. *I can't emphasize the "Don't use anything silicone- or wax-based." message enough.
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If you just want to clean it there's no need for steel wool. That's only if you want to even out the board *wear*!
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For grunge and finger-funk on a fretboard, use the Scott's Liquid Gold. *
Wipe/spray it on, let it soak in and work for a few minutes, wipe it off.

To me, anything else is half-assed or not good for wood.

Whatever you do, remember not to treat ebony the same as rosewood.
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Another good idea...

Wash the BBQ sauce, manure, chocolate frosting, McDonald's grease or any other grime you have on your hands away before playing. *I honestly don't know how people's guitars get in the condition they are in. *Even after a few months without a cleaning my fretboards don't have much more than a little gunk by the frets.
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OK, I'll bite, why would you treat ebony any different than rosewood? And Chris said he had some playing wear he wanted to get rid of, Liquid Gold isn't going to do that, and it stinks. Bore oil has no smell and comes highly recomended by your pal Ken Burtch :biggrin:
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IMHO there is pretty much no reason to steel wool a rosewood or ebony board... especially for "cleaning". I'd simply use Endust and if you feel oiling is sooooo crucial stick with Bore oil.

The only reason the steel wool is useful for maple boards is because the dirt seeps into the light color maple making it unattractive and impossible to clean otherwise... glen
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I don't know why you'd treat them differently... but maybe since ebony is more dense you'd want to give more time for the chemicals you're cleaning with to soak in.
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If I'm just *cleaning* the board of one of my players I prefer nothing but dry rag, and scrape off anything that's crusty. I never oil the boards on my players. On 'inventory' I equate it to your car dealer giving your new car a coat of wax and full tank of gas.
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topic says it all.....How do I get the playing grunge off of it and keep it oiled? *Is the process the same for ebony?
That's what Chris said.

Would you treat maple and ebony the same? *Would you treat mahogany and rosewood the same? *How about quilted maple and flame maple?

Different woods have different needs and should be treated accordingly. *Sanding down maple is quite different than sanding down ebony which is different than sanding down rosewood. *It's like treating an F-40 the same way you'd treat a Huffy.

Bore oil? *Like the stuff used on guns? *Are we cleaning a fretboard or a PSG-1? *Jeez....that oil will collect dirt like Osama's butt crack. *No wonder those boards turn out looking like Malmsteen just finished a career on them.

I'll talk to Ken about the Scott's. *
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i don't oil players either.

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On 'inventory' I equate it to your car dealer giving your new car a coat of wax and full tank of gas.
hehe... it's really more like 'compounding' cause you're scraping away material (ie. wood) w/ the wool... glen
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Just an assumption from someone who's never used bore oil before.

Wouldn't that seep into the wood and cause for some nasty damage of some sort over time? *Sounds like a good thing to research and I am off to do just that.
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