To keep my fretboard in good repair, I oil it down every couple of times I change the strings. If your fretboard looks dull and dry, here's what to do:
1) Remove the strings.
2) Get your favorite brand of lemon oil (or any type of liquid, non-spray furniture polish). I use Old English Lemon Oil.
3) Place a drop (or two) between the frets.
4) Use your finger (or soft cloth) to spread the oil around, coating the area.
5) Repeat between each pair of frets. Frets closer to the bridge will obviously use less oil.
6) Let the guitar sit for a few hours.
7) Wipe excess oil from fretboard with a soft cloth.
8) Re-string and enjoy your younger feeling fretboard!
Note: If you have a **really** nice guitar or special wood on your fretboard, you may need to use a different oil. but odds are, if you have that kind of guitar, you probably already new this :-)
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I recommend fretboard oil. It's inexpensive and a bottle lasts years. You can buy it at a guitar shop.
Myself, I let it sit for a few minutes before wiping off the excess. I find that's sufficient for letting the oil soak in.
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What kind of oil do you reccommend? I dont have a favorite kind of lemon oil. Thanks mate.
A lot of guitar making companies sell their own brand of lemon oil - often as part of a general maintenance kit.
I have bottles from both Harmony and Stella - it's the same stuff from the same company under a different label.
scott's liquid gold
scott's liquid gold
and lighter fluid. ;) ;D :P
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seriously for a moment, even though lighter fluid is a great cleaner for your guitar body, don't ever use it on the fretboard. It will dry it out.
But those are my two cleaners of choice.
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Let the guitar sit for a few hours! Would the sitting guitar like to have some tea and pastries?
My favourite brand of lemon oil is one you can "lick" off the guitar fretboard. Slurp, slurp, yummy! ;) No wonder they call 'em "licks"
I like the lemmon oil you put on pan cakes, yum yum
So alterego you lick your guitar too? I thought i was the only one....
"my precious"*licks the frets*
urgh, somebody get me some hand sanitizer
;D LOL ;D
After pet has licked the frets it's best to amputate! ;D ;)