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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-01-2012, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning the RG1550FM, especially the maple fretboard

Hello it's my first post. I have just bought couple days ago a RG1550fm in almost perfect condition. I need to buy some cleaning products. But now i have a problem. This model have maple fretboard (it's finished/lacquered right?), i know i can't use LEMON OIL to clean it and it is also not recommended to use any other oil to clean it (i read it on many forums). So the question is, how can i clean it in SAFE way when it will get dirty? And what can i use to clean the strings, which will not damage the fretboard (most cleaning preperations are based on oil). Respond please as fast you can, cheers!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-01-2012, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Cleaning the RG1550FM, especially the maple fretboard

I found very interesting post on another forum, what you think about it?
"On a finished maple board, no. Fretboard wipes are only for use on rosewood fingerboards and oil finished maple necks (boards and backs). If your Fender has a painted neck and board, fretboards wipes will only lay an oily slink on them.

And there's nothing wrong with using pure lemon oil on rosewood boards. Where problems arise is that most products have actually very little lemon oil, usually nothing more than lemon scent, and are made from petroleum distillates. Real lemon oil works fine on rosewood boards, though I personally prefer to use the Wipes product, and very sparingly only. On oil finished maple (front and back), I'll only use a WW every third string change or so. I prefer the "softer" feel of the wood without conditioning the wood more often than that. Each string change I use a warm, damp washcloth with a little Dawn dish detergent to clean the maple neck, buff it dry, and it feels great, even though it doesn't have that deep luster, as when done with WW. About every third time keeps 'em just how I like 'em."

BTW. finished means lacquered right?
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Re: Cleaning the RG1550FM, especially the maple fretboard

First of all, welcome to Jemsite. There are lots of threads talking about this and while I'm not going to say you shouldn't have started this one, I will say that you should search, find, and read some of the others.

Finished doesn't necessarily mean laquered. Usually rosewood and ebony boards are unfinished on front-- there is just raw wood between the frets with nothing on it. Since maple tends to show dirt and wear, and doesn't have the open pores of rosewood, manufacturers often give it a finish to keep the maple looking good for a longer time.

I wipe down my finished maple necks with a damp cloth followed by a dry one, adding a tiny amount of liquid soap if it feels oily or greasy at all. For rosewood and ebony, I use bore oil, a product intended for woodwind instruments that is also great for fretboards.


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-01-2012, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Cleaning the RG1550FM, especially the maple fretboard

Thank you Mikey very much for your reply. I read all topics on jemsite about this problem and there's no clear answer. So like you said, most people with knowledge suggest to use cloth and guitar polish preparate (if the neck is lacquered there's no diffrence in cleaning the lacquered neck and lacquered body, so propably guitar polish is good and SAFE to both) What do you think about this theory?

And another question? Does my guitar have fretboard or the frets are put straight into the neck? And is the whole neck (front and back) lacquered/finished (on maple it will means sameright?)?

Sorry for that amount of questions, but im crazy about this guitar, and dont want to hurt it, Peace ;-)
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