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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-25-2012, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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Cleaning and conditioning fretboard

Hello,
what is better for rosewood? I already have 01 from Dunlop for cleaning. I thought some better product for oiling and conditioning would be good too.

My thoughts are Dunlop 02 Deep conditioner or Dunlop Ultimate Lemon Oil. Things as Guitar Honey or Fret Doctor are out of reach.
I Think the conditioner should be a bit better, because citron oil could have bad effect for glue of frets and also lats shorter period.

I have read the review of LonePhathom (sorry if written wrong). What are others thoughts?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-25-2012, 01:59 PM
 
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Re: Cleaning and conditioning fretboard

i went to my local guitar tech the other day (he's recommended by people almost 100miles away!), and asked to buy a bottle of lemon oil. he told me no, and told me to go to the local chemist and buy a bottle of almond oil from the homeopathy section, for 1/4 of what lemon oil costs, and has a better effect too. its what they use for every set up/repair/tech they do.

might be worth looking into?!
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-25-2012, 02:12 PM
 
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Re: Cleaning and conditioning fretboard

Toasted sesame oil smells good.

I have used olive oil and sunflower oil in the past,

people keep telling me its wrong but it seems to work.
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As Takin' a Ride, he knows-
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-25-2012, 03:56 PM
 
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Re: Cleaning and conditioning fretboard

Lemon oil is fine. Been using it for years.
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 10:41 AM
 
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Re: Cleaning and conditioning fretboard

+1 Lemon Oil
makes the wood look rich and dark, and smooooooooth
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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Re: Cleaning and conditioning fretboard

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+1 Lemon Oil
makes the wood look rich and dark, and smooooooooth
I agree, have used it for years...

If you search the forum though you'll find a thread where a guy couldn't figure out why his fretboard got so dry... insisting to us all that we had told him to use lemon JUICE...

Please don't make that mistake.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 08:26 PM
 
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Re: Cleaning and conditioning fretboard

Gerlitz guitar honey
also shines up the frets love it
also has a lot of great reviews on amazon
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 09:53 PM
 
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Re: Cleaning and conditioning fretboard

i like to use the ernie ball wonder wipes for your fretboard. seems to work well
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 08:30 AM
 
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Re: Cleaning and conditioning fretboard

I have used Lemon Oil for years.

It is made by a famous wood care products company.

It is supposed to be pure lemon oil, according to the packaging.

Anyway it is what I have used for over 25 years and no problems here.

I have read that Bore Oil is good too.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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Re: Cleaning and conditioning fretboard

I like the lemon oil smell (I got a little bottle of the Dunlop stuff from Guitar Center recently to try it out).
But after cleaning my fretboards, putting a little bit of the oil on, letting it sit for a while, then wiping it off, just seemed make everything a slow, sticky mess and I absolutely hated it
So I followed someone else's advice to clean it with lighter fluid, this took the oil back off, but I don't like the idea that it might dry out the wood and lead it to a premature death/crack at some point.
This could be why I never liked rosewood/ebony fretboards, because of the oil that is put on them.
I was told that maple doesn't need to be oiled, and maybe this is why I always thought maple fretboards were nice and fast.
Good luck !
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