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artcrocker
03-30-2011, 02:54 AM
Wondered what oil players use on their fretboard, and or other maintenance tips?

ukeeku
03-30-2011, 03:02 AM
I use this on all my fretboards
http://www.amazon.com/Gibson-Luthiers-Choice-Fretboard-Conditioner/dp/B0002D0MEY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=musical-instruments&qid=1301490026&sr=1-3
I only do it when I am changing strings. Beside that I love the Martin guitar poilsh when I clean them. Just dont get the oil on the body, it will stain it

Gmoney
03-30-2011, 03:09 AM
Wondered what oil players use on their fretboard, and or other maintenance tips?

I REALLY like the LoPrinzi Fingerboard conditioner sold through Uke Republic:

http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product/loprinzi-fingerboard-conditioner

Good stuff! Mike uses it w/his setups on new ukes & I like to keep a bottle w/my string changing supplies.

GX9901
03-30-2011, 06:01 AM
I use Howard's Feed n' Wax on my fretboards whenever I change strings. It seem to work well.

ichadwick
03-30-2011, 06:09 AM
Good furniture oil - teak oil for example- is good, but don't use furniture polish or anything like Windex or other cleaning solutions. These have detergents that will dry the fretboard out unless you immediately oil it afterwards.

steelie211
03-30-2011, 06:28 AM
Is lemon oil ok to use on rosewood and ebony?

didgeridoo2
03-30-2011, 09:08 AM
I just recently treated a fret board with this product:
http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=15885556
We had it for our bamboo cutting board and the ingredients all check out. Seed oil, lemon oil, vitamin e and Carotene. It keeps the cutting board in great shape and just a little bit did a nice job on both my fret board and bridge. Not heavy or sticky and no wax. Available at bed bath and beyond.

strumsilly
03-30-2011, 09:34 AM
I'm using the bore oil that came with my wife's clarinet care kit. seems to work fine. I've also used lemon oil, which seems to work fine too.

kenikas
03-30-2011, 01:08 PM
I use Howard's Feed n' Wax on my fretboards whenever I change strings. It seem to work well.
I agree, Howard's works great,and smells good too! You can get it at your local Home Labrynth and it's very reasonably priced (cheap!), I only use it once a year or so, so a bottle should last my lifetime.

bassfiddlesteve
03-30-2011, 03:34 PM
I REALLY like the LoPrinzi Fingerboard conditioner sold through Uke Republic

+1. The LoPrinzi's make this formula themselves and it really keep the fretboards looking good without being too oily. Nice smell too.

- Steve

Doc_J
03-30-2011, 04:20 PM
+1 on the Howards Feed and Wax and
+1 on Lemon Oil (Planet Wave)

I use both. You can get Howards at Home Depot, which is a plus.

bazmaz
03-31-2011, 08:52 AM
Please please be careful - this is a bugbear of mine!

1. Apply very sparingly, and you really need it about once a year if that. To much can damage the wood.

2. Most commercial lemon oil is not lemon oil but synthetic. I wouldnt apply anything synthetic to my ukes. If you can find real lemon oil, then great, but I have struggled. For that reason I use Fret Doctor Bore Oil - its a natural mineral oil that is used by woodwind players for insides of clarinets, bagpipe fifes etc.

See - http://www.gotaukulele.com/2010/12/beginner-tips-cleaning-my-ukulele.html

and -= http://www.beafifer.com/boredoctor.htm

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-31-2011, 09:02 AM
What Paul said.
"Apply very sparingly" is the key, and then only when you feel it's necessary. The problem is that some of this oil, along with other grime, sweat, etc, will work it's way into the fret slot. After a long time it can rot the wood in the slots a bit, causing the frets to loosen. You sometimes see this on older instruments that go into the shop for refretting, the slots can get real gunky. So don't over do it.