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So what do you use to clean an ebony fretboard?

#1 User is offline   Notes_Norton 

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 07:58 AM

So what do you use to clean an ebony fretboard?


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:03 AM

Lighter fluid. / Naptha.
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:09 AM

I use lighter fluid as well because its mostly contains naptha
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:30 AM

I use Gibson or some other brand fretboard cleaner plus an old toothbrush for getting out any crud that has built up around the frets.To clean/polish the frets I mask off the wood on the fretboard just keeping the frets exposed and go over them lightly with a non-metallic scouring pad and a Sparklean polishing cloth and Sparklean spray cleaner if real heavy caked on grim is present-the best guitar hardware cleaner and polish I have ever used,Silvo and Brasso etc. can't come close to it for getting a lustre without causing any eroding of gold plating etc. ( http://www.sklean.com/ ).BTW under no circumstances do you ever use steel wool to clean an electric guitar because the minute metal particles that come away from the pads are incidious in the way they find their way into the pickups and electronic bits of the guitar and causing considerable damage that's hard to rectify.
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:55 AM

I use clarinet "Bore Oil." I penetrates deep into very dense woods. It loosens the grime and conditions the wood at the same time. You can get it from any music store.
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:07 AM

 bonzoboy, on 22 March 2013 - 08:30 AM, said:

BTW under no circumstances do you ever use steel wool to clean an electric guitar because the minute metal particles that come away from the pads are incidious in the way they find their way into the pickups and electronic bits of the guitar and causing considerable damage that's hard to rectify.


I've used Steel Wool more times than I can count. Mask off your pickups and you'll be fine. No big deal.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:17 AM

Once we have the ebony fretboard clean, is it ok to use lemon oil on it? I put that on my Flying V's fretboard, and I hope I'm not messing up anything. [scared]
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:23 AM

A Gibson tech recommended "Tres Amigos" Lemon Oil for the fingerboard and Carnuba Wax for the body many years ago.

I don't know if it is still available.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:23 AM

Lemon oil is fine.
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:26 AM

Micro-Mesh is useful for some stuff like that, depending on how abrasive you need to be. Toothbrush is good.

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Mineral oil is good to help break up crud. Lemon oil like Old English is mineral oil with fragrance. Mineral oil from the pharmacy is cheapest and it's odorless. Special fretboard oils are at least as good as plain old oil.

I think Taylor recommends oiling ebony boards something like once a year.
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:28 AM

 AXEŽ, on 22 March 2013 - 09:23 AM, said:

Lemon oil is fine.


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 11:26 AM

elbow grease.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:03 PM

Fret doctor!

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:07 PM

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:29 PM

We had a member here that used brake fluid on his SG's fretboard, it didn't look too bad.
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:57 PM

Naptha to clean, fret doctor to condition.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:23 PM

 Big Bill, on 22 March 2013 - 01:29 PM, said:

We had a member here that used brake fluid on his SG's fretboard, it didn't look too bad.



After that he could never do bends very good....buddummpa bump....get it? brake fluid, stopped fingers from......whew tough crowd!

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 06:02 PM

I suck so bad,, I don't clean nothin,,, they still seem to play ok though.



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 07:52 AM

Thank's y'all.

The frets are hardened stainless steel and are in great shape. I have some lemon oil (actually it's furniture polish which is a mixture of petroleum distillates and lemon oil) that I use on my rosewood fretboards. That's what most products called lemon oil actually are. So I think I'll try that first.

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 10:51 AM

 Notes_Norton, on 23 March 2013 - 07:52 AM, said:

Thank's y'all.

The frets are hardened stainless steel and are in great shape. I have some lemon oil (actually it's furniture polish which is a mixture of petroleum distillates and lemon oil) that I use on my rosewood fretboards. That's what most products called lemon oil actually are. So I think I'll try that first.

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"Petroleum distillates" is a fancy industry term for Mineral Oil. That's all it is. There's about 1% lemon oil, but the majority of it is plain old Mineral Oil.

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