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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-29-2006, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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Fretboard cleaning

there seems to be some kind of waxy buildup on the frets, when I try using a toothbrush it just makes it clearer, and it seems possible to scrape it off. What tools do you people use to remove this sort of thing without damaging the fretboard?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-29-2006, 11:23 AM
 
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Re: Fretboard cleaning

Try a mild heat source and then wiping it off. I hold a lighter about an inch away.
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Re: Fretboard cleaning

Maple, rosewood, ebony...?
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Re: Fretboard cleaning

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I hold a lighter about an inch away.
- that's a scary thought!

Like ozz said, we need to know which type of wood it is as the cleaning method varies.
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Re: Fretboard cleaning

Its not that much...

I could never find out what to use on maple, dirt just goes deeeep and sanding clean will get you a slight scallop

Lighter fluid, mild steel woolin on maple...

Steel woolin with the grain, bore oil and elbow grease on rosewood and ebony...

i usually do a lil across the grain on rosewood if the gunk is too much, i do a lot of passes with the grain to remove traces, with mi nail up against the frets, its tiresome, annoying and gives you sore fingertips, but the results are worth it...
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Its not that much...

I could never find out what to use on maple, dirt just goes deeeep and sanding clean will get you a slight scallop

Lighter fluid, mild steel woolin on maple...

Steel woolin with the grain, bore oil and elbow grease on rosewood and ebony...

i usually do a lil across the grain on rosewood if the gunk is too much, i do a lot of passes with the grain to remove traces, with mi nail up against the frets, its tiresome, annoying and gives you sore fingertips, but the results are worth it...
Maple is a actually very easy to clean UNTIL the finish begins to wear off. Just wipe her down. I wouldn't steel wool it as that wears on the finish. Once the finish wears off dirt just goes into the pours like your saying. Only way I know to clean it after that is to sand it and get it refinished. PIA!!!!

Also, make sure you use .0000 steel wool on your rosewood/ebony and linseed oil works great as well as bore oil.

BTW -
I wouldn't recommend using lighter fluid with Wizardnecks lighter method
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You mean finished maple, like, clearcoated... i hate that, i meant raw maple


And linseed oil sucks!!! its like tung oil, it builds up... great for finishing, but not for oiling dark boards!
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Ah gotcha. Well, if your going with ~RAW~ maple your always going to have that dirty bloch problem. Then again, a lot of people like that aged look. I prefer mine clean
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Maple, rosewood, ebony...?
Oh sorry, I should've said.

It's rosewood I think. RG321 '03/'04 model.
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Check this at Rich's:

http://www.ibanezrules.com/tech/grunge/grunge_1.htm

Awesome step by step explanation...
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Check this at Rich's:

http://www.ibanezrules.com/tech/grunge/grunge_1.htm

Awesome step by step explanation...
Excellent, cheers. That's exactly the sort of build-up that's on my fretboard.
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