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#1 User is offline   Pinch 

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 04:17 PM

I've only ever oiled fretboards before winter. Since I bought the V in April (it was manufactured early this year), when the air wasn't as dry as during the winter months, I thought I'm probably just as well off waiting until it's annual oiling time in August or thereabout, rather than oil it now and then oil it again a few months later. Particularly if the fretboards are oiled at the plant. Are they? Anyone know?

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 04:32 PM

You may have a lot of thinking time on your hands, but I don't think you are thinking about this the way you should.
I don't know the answer to your question. But it does not matter anyway. Getting the answer is not going to help you at all.

Let's say they do oil them at the factory. How long does it take to leave the factory? Days, weeks, months?
When it reaches a distributor do they take it right out of the box and sell it? NO! It may sit there for days, weeks, months, years!

So when you by a new Gibson, you don't know how long it has been since it left the factory.
So...does it really matter?

No, just look at it. I find it quite easy to tell if a rosewood fingerboard needs oil (I'm assuming it's rosewood, you didn't say).
Does it look dry? Do you see white streaks in the grain?
Usually the fretboard will appear lighter in color the drier it is. When it is well oiled it usually looks darker.

After doing this a number of times it becomes pretty easy to tell when it needs oil.
There are a number of videos on youtube that can also help you with this if you need more info.
Good luck, hope I helped. [biggrin]
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 04:40 PM

It's Grenadillo, which is naturally lighter in shade than regular rosewood.

But I suppose you're right. I doubt Gibson uses wood that has to be oiled within a couple of months after it leaves the factory and is up on the wall at the store, or it cracks ;)
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 04:44 PM

View PostPinch, on 15 May 2017 - 04:40 PM, said:

It's Grenadillo, which is naturally lighter in shade than regular rosewood.

But I suppose you're right. I doubt Gibson uses wood that has to be oiled within a couple of months after it leaves the factory and is up on the wall at the store, or it cracks ;)

Well I know nothing about Grenadillo. Sorry.
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 05:11 PM

NP. It was manufactured this year, so it's just a few months old. Should be okay until fall, particularly since summer with all its humidity is just around the corner.

Like you say, most brand new guitars sit on the wall in stores a lot longer than a couple months, and it's not like they remove the strings and oil the fretboards at the store after it's been on the wall for three months.
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 05:41 PM

My Les Paul is 17 and has never been oiled.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 09:07 PM

 rct, on 15 May 2017 - 05:41 PM, said:

My Les Paul is 17 and has never been oiled.

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 12:06 AM

Dont any of you have oil in your skin? I've never oiled a fingerboard in 47 years of playing.
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Posted 16 May 2017 - 04:49 AM

I tend to use a small dab rosewood conditioner at least once a year on the guitars that have a rosewood fretboard. but as I think about this, in all the years I played before I started using conditioning oil, there was never a problem with any of the fingerboards in my guitars. I guess I just do it know cuz I have some oil to do it with????
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Posted 16 May 2017 - 05:34 AM

Yes, Gibson oils the fretboard during the setup process. The guy I saw was using Old English.
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Posted 16 May 2017 - 10:04 AM

I oil my rosewood boards very occasionally if they look dried out, using very thin camera or sewing machine oil - though standard 3-in-1 will do.
Once every few years is quite enough. You don't really need to do it unless it feels rough or has friction.
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Posted 16 May 2017 - 10:49 AM

I've had a few Gibsons over the last 25 yrs or so.....:blink:

I would guess the 'old style' rosewood boards came out of the factory without oil

So again I am guessing my ES137 was oiled by the retailer during set-up....it was OK but a bit oily to my taste....

The newer part-synthetic composite boards are a different kettle of fish....IMO relatively impervious to moisture etc...

Many folks would leave an unoiled board as is.....natural skin oils would gradually penetrate the surface....

I have often used wax furniture polish to feed boards....cleans the surface well and looks good and shiny....Posted Image

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 03:05 PM

View Postrct, on 15 May 2017 - 05:41 PM, said:

My Les Paul is 17 and has never been oiled.

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View Postmerciful-evans, on 16 May 2017 - 12:06 AM, said:

Dont any of you have oil in your skin? I've never oiled a fingerboard in 47 years of playing.


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View PostVersatile, on 16 May 2017 - 10:49 AM, said:

I've had a few Gibsons over the last 25 yrs or so.....:blink:

I would guess the 'old style' rosewood boards came out of the factory without oil

So again I am guessing my ES137 was oiled by the retailer during set-up....it was OK but a bit oily to my taste....

The newer part-synthetic composite boards are a different kettle of fish....IMO relatively impervious to moisture etc...

Many folks would leave an unoiled board as is.....natural skin oils would gradually penetrate the surface....

I have often used wax furniture polish to feed boards....cleans the surface well and looks good and shiny....Posted Image

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if you ever decide to refinish that guitar, you will regret using furniture polish. all furniture polish contains silicone. it's nearly impossible to completely remove, and makes refinishing a nitemare
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Posted 16 May 2017 - 06:06 PM

Regardless of who does what at whatever factory, the first thing I do with a new (to me) guitar is this:
Immediately change strings, oil fretboard, do basic setup things. Then I have a "starting point".

YMMV, but that's my approach and I'm sticking with it LOL.
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Posted 16 May 2017 - 06:28 PM

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You may have a lot of thinking time on your hands, but I don't think you are thinking about this the way you should.
I don't know the answer to your question. But it does not matter anyway. Getting the answer is not going to help you at all.

Let's say they do oil them at the factory. How long does it take to leave the factory? Days, weeks, months?
When it reaches a distributor do they take it right out of the box and sell it? NO! It may sit there for days, weeks, months, years!

So when you by a new Gibson, you don't know how long it has been since it left the factory.
So...does it really matter?

No, just look at it. I find it quite easy to tell if a rosewood fingerboard needs oil (I'm assuming it's rosewood, you didn't say).
Does it look dry? Do you see white streaks in the grain?
Usually the fretboard will appear lighter in color the drier it is. When it is well oiled it usually looks darker.

After doing this a number of times it becomes pretty easy to tell when it needs oil.
There are a number of videos on youtube that can also help you with this if you need more info.
Good luck, hope I helped. [biggrin]

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 07:05 AM

BBP: thanks!

Kidblast: I know, right? I once had a guitar on a stand for ten years in an apt. that went very cold and dry in the winter. No oil, no humidifier, no... problem!

They say the time you sweat the small stuff is time spent not living... But pop psychologists say a lot of things.

It's funny, though... Maybe I'm projecting, but us guitar folk have more than our fair share of OCD, don't we?
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 09:38 AM

Do Gibson oil their fretboards at the factory?
I don't know, but more important...Does your chewing gum lose it's flavour on the bedpost overnight?

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 10:00 AM

I have some fingerboard oil. I've never used it. I don't think I've ever oiled a fingerboard either. I suppose if I had it in rough environments and it looked or felt dry, I would consider it. My 81 V hasn't been oiled in the 33 years I've had it. It's had lots of playing and oily sweaty fingers though. And, I use Finger Ease spray on the strings before each session of playing, wiping the strings and subsequently the fretboard and I've used that stuff almost 40 years and it's great for keeping strings clean and safe for fretboards. I've had no dryness or damage from using it and maybe that's why mine's never needed oiled. Or maybe I just got lucky all these years.
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 06:02 PM

I use boar oil on all my Fenders with a maple fretboard! Great for shredding!
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Posted 22 May 2017 - 02:51 AM

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