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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-11-2004, 04:59 AM Thread Starter
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Fretboard cleaning without steel wool

My RG2027 (which I just bought used) has a really dirty fretboard: the previous owner seems to have not cleaned it in ages. There is crud all over the rosewood, and the frets are quite oxidated. I apllied lemon oil and rubbed it over with a rag: about 75% of the dirty is gone, but I'm not at 100% yet. I am just really scared of trying things like steel wool (and I can't find anywhere the 0000 grade), so I wish to know if there are others good way of getting rid of the dirty without harming the fretboad. What about cleaning the frets?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-11-2004, 08:47 AM
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You can use naptha to dissolve the grime, or you can gently scrape a razor blade across the fretboard with just enough pressure to lift the dirt bot not to scrape the rosewood. You could also try a guitar pick.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-11-2004, 01:25 PM
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as well as wire wool i also use the plastic scouring pads that are used for scrubing pots and pans, i find these work really well and aren,t as abrasive as wire wool. hope this helps.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-13-2004, 01:34 AM
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Try a soft tothbrush and Murphy's oil soap. I've been using it to clean my rosewood fretboards for ages. It's safe for maple and ebony as well.

Spray a little on the board and brush lightly along the grain with the toothbrush. Use a thick terrycloth to absorb the soap and dissolved gunk. To avoid working the gunk back into the pores of the wood, don't wipe with the towel, just press down lightly on the area you're cleaning.
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