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Treating the rosewood fret board

#1 User is offline   kingbeeinflorida 

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 11:51 AM

Hello Everyone,
Since my Traditional is my first guitar with a rosewood fret board, my question is, can regular lemon oil be used to treat it?

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 12:03 PM

That is usually the go to treatment. If you really want to play it safe buy "Luthier's Choice" fretboard conditioner manufactured by Gibson. I just got some yesterday at my local guitar shop. Funny, it sure looks and smells like lemon oil. [-(

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 01:54 PM

Are Nine got me on Fret Doctor. Read the article in its entirety. Then do a search on the web. You'll find positives and negatives about every product out there (including lemon oil), but both of us have never seen one negative comment about Fret Doctor. Are Nine took some before and after pictures, which can be found here. Ed Boyle really knows his stuff. Email him (ewboyle@rcn.com). He'll be happy to talk with you. I actually talk with him on a near daily basis now (we're talking about education these days). Ed recommends using your finger when you put it on. I recently put it on every guitar I own. The ebony boards on my Sonex and Taylor really suck it in. The rosewood on the Les Pauls and Strat darkened up nicely. It really works great...
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Posted 24 May 2009 - 02:17 PM

[quote name='dmeds]That is usually the go to treatment. If you really want to play it safe buy "Luthier's Choice" fretboard conditioner manufactured by Gibson. I just got some yesterday at my local guitar shop. Funny' date=' it sure looks and smells like lemon oil. =P~ [/quote']


+1 Good stuff. Been using it for years (same bottle). A little goes a long way -

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 02:37 PM

Fret Doctor's the best, no doubt.

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Ed recommends using your finger when you put it on.

Is that what you did? I just applied some today and I couldn't get every part of the fretboard. I mean the part directly under the nut and a thin strip beside each fret. Q Tips all the way.
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Posted 24 May 2009 - 02:41 PM

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Are Nine got me on Fret Doctor. Read the article in its entirety.

Thanks for the info although I had never really thought about it, I've always used lemon oil and have no complaints up till now.
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Posted 24 May 2009 - 05:11 PM

A little Old English every now and then is all I use. Seems to work fine for me so far.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 07:03 AM

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 08:07 AM

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Is that what you did? I just applied some today and I couldn't get every part of the fretboard. I mean the part directly under the nut and a thin strip beside each fret. Q Tips all the way.


Yep. His wording was something like "it's expensive stuff, why waste it?" Q tips are fine for the hard to reach places...
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 01:43 PM

i scrape mine down with a cloth and use fast fret whenever it feels dry.
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 01:54 PM

Recently I read in Dan Erlewine's book that he recommends Raw Linseed Oil for Rosewood and Ebony fretboards, not to be mistaken for boiled linseed oil. Anyone use it on their fretboard yet? It's quite popular around these parts for numerous woodworking finishes.
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 03:27 PM

[quote name='BIGBENDS]Recently I read in Dan Erlewine's book that he recommends Raw Linseed Oil for Rosewood and Ebony fretboards' date=' not to be mistaken for boiled linseed oil. Anyone use it on their fretboard yet? It's quite popular around these parts for numerous woodworking finishes.[/quote']

I've used it before and it's ok, but according to Ed Boyle linseed oil is "more like a varnish than an oil." I really recommend that you read his article where he talks about a lot of different products.
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 08:50 AM

Thanks Rocket. Good info. there. It always good to hear more than one point of view.
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