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Fretboard care. To oil or not…

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I do. Normally, it’s with that good old favourite, Lemon Oil. However, I have also used a small amount of wax on one particular guitar where Lemon Oil seemed to be stripping the stain (it wasn’t an expensive guitar). Did the trick, no harm done and no complaints from the luthier when it went in for a fret level.

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I've never used anything on any of my guitars, basses, keys or drums. Various fingerboard essences (all wood...), and some over fifty years old, now. No sign of issues with any of them. I think it depends somewhat on one's climatic conditions (high and rapid humidity and/or temperature swings...); in the UK or here in France I've never had, myself, nor any folks I know, problems. I have used Dr Duck's wax for cleaning, on occasion on some (rarely...), though. Things might be different for other instruments, such as db, clarinet or oboe.

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On 26/05/2021 at 14:15, Skinnyman said:

Well, do you?

I occasionally give a rosewood board a light oiling but I understand that there are other schools of thought on whether this is a sensible idea.

So… do you?

I applied lemon oil to the rosewood fretboard of my 1976 Epiphone acoustic.

By the morning it had shrunk so badly, all I could do was retune it as a ukulele.

 

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Despite adding oily lemoness to my fretted instruments, I’m not not putting on my fretless as it, I’m reliably informed by shouty types who know better than wot like I does, causes fret sprout. I’m buggered if I’m going to start the guitar equivalent of weeding.

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