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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-29-2004, 05:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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Just wondering what kind of oil U use for the (rosewood)fretboard of the 7vwh?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-29-2004, 06:51 AM
 
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lem oil is the normal choice. You should be able to get it at your local guitar shop.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-29-2004, 10:32 AM
 
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I use lemon oil on the fretboards of all my guitars, which all happen to be rosewood. Works great. As well as guitar shops, you can get lemon oil at most department/retail stores, and hardware stores.

An even better oil to use (or so I have heard) is woodwind bore oil.
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Lemon oil is formulated for finished wood, as in furniture. AFAIK it was never meant for raw wood. Bore oil is formulated for raw wood to keep it moisturized so it won't crack. Isn't that the purpose of oiling your fretboard anyway?

Typically ebony is the only guitar fretboard material that's know to crack, I've never seen cracks in rosewood and you never oil maple anyway. Although oiling does make the board look great again
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-30-2004, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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That means bore oil. But what is bore oil and how do I get it? Normally I have used linseed oil but this is highly flammable and therefore I wanted to use something less dangerous.
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Does anybody ever use search engines anymore?

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&i...ument+bore+oil
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-04-2004, 11:53 AM
 
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Old English Lemon Oil is good for both finished and un-finished woods.

I've used it when it's all I've had available and it works pretty well, though you have to use it a bit more often as it seems to evaporate a bit on it's own, even right from the wood it's been soaked into.

Bore oil is better, but Lemon works in a pinch if you don't mind using it more often. :-)

Just don't do what someone in alt.guitar did . . . LEMON JUICE!!!

He couldn't figure out why his rosewood board DRIED OUT and turned white . . . someone told him to use lemon oil and he got it twisted in his head and used lemon juice . . . amazing. :-)

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-04-2004, 08:02 PM
 
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if you play daily for 4-5 hours, how often should oil be applied to the board?
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It depends more on the climate where you live than how often you play.

If you're in a very dry area, I'd say every 6 months or so, but if it looks and feels fine, don't bother until it starts to look a little dry.

In a very humid area less often, maybe once a year, but it's really a matter of just judging the wood.

When I was working as a tech for Paul Plumeri I NEVER oiled the boards, only when the frets were done on a guitar did it get any oil.

Paul didn't seem to believe in oiling the wood so I had to do what he wanted, his guitars after all. :-)

Just as an example, Martin guitars suggest NEVER adding any oils or any kind of treatment to their fretboards, just keep them clean. So it's all up to you how often, or even IF you oil your fretboards.

Most rosewood boards stay pretty healthy without oil, but I prefer to oil them about ever 6 months or so, just to be on the safe side.

YMMV though. :-)

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