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Walnut/Ebony care

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Panda Licker, Jun 4, 2005.

  1. I have two fretless basses with Ebony fretboards, and I have one bass with a Walnut body and a tung oil finish. I know that for maple fretboards, you're supposed to use lemon oil to keep it from drying out. Is that good for ebony too?

    And what should I use on the Walnut? Do I just wipe it down, or are there any oils/cleaners that would be good on it?


    Pundah Leeker
  2. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    I think it's the other way 'round. Use lemon oil for most fingerboards EXCEPT maple. And it's to clean them, not really to prevent them from drying out. For that, you have to play them.
  3. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    I use orange oil on my ebony board as well as the entire (oil finished) neck. Nice aroma, same qualities as lemon but has no "petroleum distillates".

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