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Cleaning Fretboard

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Biker4Him, Sep 5, 2004.

  1. What's the best way to clean my birdseye maple board? The last set of strings I put on had some sort of coating that got the board filthy, and it doesn't just wipe off.
  2. Fretboards get 2 kinds of gunk on them - water soluble and not water soluble. For the water soluble stuff, I put a squirt of glass type cleaner on a paper towel and work it between the frets. For oily gunk, I use Naptha.

    Your fretboard has a coating already - all maple ones require it. Your gunk all sits on the top of the finish so cleaning should be a snap. If your gunk didn't come off with the first attempt, try the Naptha. It won't hurt the finish and evaporates almost instantly.

    If this were a rosewood board, you would put your favorite moisture potion on it after this type of cleaning.
  3. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Steel wool should work also. Remember to keep the "lint" away from your pickups.
  4. Really, that won't scratch up the surface???

    Naptha??? I'll have to try to find some.

  5. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    Look in the Paint Store, or a Smoke Shop.
  6. Naptha= Lighter Fluid- the Ronson or Zippo stuff at the grocery store is great.

    Also handy for stripping leather!