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How to clean and condition a fretboard?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by D Von, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. D Von

    D Von

    Nov 13, 2005
    Rhode Island
    I have recently removed the strings on my Warwick 5'vr and figure that while it's "naked" I'de give it a good clean.

    My question is: what do you guys use to clean the crap that cakes onto a fretboard? I tried just buffing it with a rag but hat didn't seem to do much. BTW: the neck is rosewood if that helps...

    Thanks guys :bassist:
  2. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco/HELIX user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
    Since the 1970's...
    1967 Fender P
    1960's Gibson T-Birds
    1967 Gibson Flying V(close relative's)
    1972 Gibson SG(close relative's)
    and since ...... any other "not new and looking sad" neck-equipped instrument entering the premises. My avatar needs such a treatment when all 4 strings come off during an upcoming pickup modification.

    0000 steel wool rubbed in the direction of the grain.
    Once the crud is off WITHOUT pushing too hard, I'd wipe on boiled linseed oil. That would get to sit for about 5 or 10 minutes and then I'd wipe off the excess and let it REALLY dry out for a day or two. After a day or two of drying, it'd get another clean rag wipe to remove any leftover traces.

    String it up....

    In pictures with different oil:

    And on this board even(more differences):
  3. Sir Edward V

    Sir Edward V Not Actually Knighted... Yet!

    Dec 11, 2006
    I usually just put some lemon oil on it to keep the neck nice and saturated (for lack of a better word), don't let your neck get too dry, you should apply lemon oil or something similar every time you take strings off (so like twice a yearish at least)

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