Oiling your fingerboard. Why ? A fingerboard is made of wood ( mostly ), as you all know wood absorbs moist, and if it absorbs moist, it will bend.Oil is thicker than water. So.. with the simple theory of " where there is oil, there cannot be water " the reason for " why " is easy. If you rub your fingerboard with oil, it won't absorb moist from either your fingers or the surrounding, and won't bend. another reason is that wood turns dry. dry wood doesn't feel as nice as slick wood, so if you oil your fingerboard, your bass will play a lot more comfy. how ? oiling your fretboard is a very easy procedure. you will need 5 items <li>a small brush ( i use a nail-brush )</li> <li>a piece of cloth</li> <li>another piece of cloth</li> <li>fretboard oil</li> <li>a bassguitar</li> The most logic time to oil the fretboard is when you change strings. just follow these steps : 1) remove your old strings. 2) Use the brush on the fretboard to remove any dust, grease, etc.. 3) Put a small amount of fretboard oil on the cloth and let it sip into the cloth. 4) use the cloth on the fretboard, and try to apply the oil in circular motion, this way the oil will sip into the wood. 5) after applying the oil on the fretboard, leave it be for about 5 mins. let that oil sink into the fretboard for a sec.. 6) apply another layer of oil on the fretboard 7) use the other, clean cloth and rub any excessive oil from the frets, and rub the entire fretboard firmly. 8) put on your new, fresh set of strings and tune-up 9) Your fretboard might be a little shiny in the beginning, but if you leave the bass alone for a couple of hours, so the fretboard can adjust and the oil can settle in.. it will become less shiny after a while. it is very important that you leave the bass out of the hardshell/softshell in this phase, because the case will turn smely if you don't.. voilla.. your freshly oiled bass is ready for use !