Ok so I cleaned my first guitar neck and polished the frets.
What I used:
Thin guitar pick
old t-shirt (clean) (actually 2 shirts)
0000 steel wool
murphys oil soap
What I did:
Summary - I mostly followed Rich's guide over at Ibanez Rules http://www.ibanezrules.com/tech/grunge/grunge_3.htm
I also added a couple of steps because I wanted to feel like I actually cleaned the board with a cleaner. Not that Rich's guide is bad but rather I am a germaphobe ha ha. I'm not telling anyone they should use the cleaner I did just that is what I did.
I removed the neck from the guitar.
Obviously this neck was off before as someone before me put the plate on backwards. I also thought the screws were in the wrong holes. Hopefullly something I won't have to fix later.
Well Learned something already. This is a RG560 guitar and the neck is stamped 550. I am assuming either all 560's are stamped 550 or this neck was replaced at some point.
I took the edge of a guitar pick and held it fairly flat against the fretboard and scraped off (always with the grain) what I could of the crud. Sorry I forgot to take pictures of this but here are a couple of the dirty looking frets and fretboard. yucky...
Retrieve camera from 3 yr old son.
I took a toothbrush and quickly brushed (with the grain) the entire length of the board to brush away any loose material and to help loosen whatever else is on there. 9 out of 10 dentist prefer oral B you know.
I took a cloth wrapped around my finger and rubbed the board (with the grain as much as possible). A little elbow grease here but made sure not to use my fingernail to dig into the board.