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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-01-2008, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning my Fretboard !!

Ok so since ive had my fabulous PGM i havent put it down. The fretboard is quite frankly filthy already! What is the best and easyiest way to clean it? what should i be useing to clean it? I read somehwere you shouldnt remove all the strings.

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Re: Cleaning my Fretboard !!

theres a sticky thread about this is repairs/mods, that is all yo would need to know to get a beautiful clean maple board
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thankyou. where is the sticky please?
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Re: Cleaning my Fretboard !!

Is it maple or rosewood?

Is your bridge floating or not? Either way I wouldn't be afraid to remove all the strings, especially for cleaning the board, its much easier with no strings. If its a fixed bridge then no worries..
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Here is the link
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Re: Cleaning my Fretboard !!

you need to send it to me, unfortunately proper cleaning takes time, several years in some cases
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-03-2008, 07:01 PM
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Re: Cleaning my Fretboard !!

I just cleaned my maple fretboard for the first time on a used RG470. Lighter fluid worked wonders!! It really does make it look like new. I couldn't believe it. The addition of using #0000 steel wool worked great.
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Re: Cleaning my Fretboard !!

something is bothering me about this, you guys say you use lighter fluid? like zippo lighter fluid, gas? doesnt your fretboard stink after that? god that smell never goes away.

also i would never use steel wool on a maple board, i would rather let it get dirty than sand it down and lose wood.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-03-2008, 11:33 PM
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Steel Wool is cool as long as you don't get it or any of the metal shavings near your pups.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-04-2008, 11:19 AM
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Re: Cleaning my Fretboard !!

Lighter fluid is not gas, and it evaporates fairly quickly, and doesn't leave your fretboard smelling like the fluid. The steel wool WILL NOT sand away any wood. It's not a sanding action, it's just simply cleaning.

You can use #0000 steel wool on any fretboard, maple, rosewood, ebony. It's gentle enough that you don't have to worry about any scratching. Just use it gently enough that you don't scratch the inlays.

Steel wool works magic on the frets.... #0000 only.

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