Vintage Harmony Fretboard looks dry

cletus

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I picked up a nice 50's/60's Harmony baritone in great condition, with the exception that the (rosewood?) fret board seems to be pretty dry looking. Any suggestions on how to treat it before I put new strings on it?

Thanks!
 
I picked up a nice 50's/60's Harmony baritone in great condition, with the exception that the (rosewood?) fret board seems to be pretty dry looking. Any suggestions on how to treat it before I put new strings on it?

Thanks!
Cletus, I use Ernie Ball "Wonder Wipes" fretboard conditioning wipes. They're individually wrapped-- kind of like those pre-moistened hand wipes they give you at a chicken dinner. And I've had great luck with them. (Or, I suppose you could just check to see if there might be any chicken dinners taking place in your neighborhood soon... well... maybe not.)
 
I use MusicNomad's F-One Oil,
Or, D'Addario Lemon Oil.

Caveats:
F-One may remove some black dyes (India Ink?) the maker applied to make the fretboard look more uniform in color. Usually Ebony boards.
I use the Lemon Oil when recommended by the maker.
Sometimes the bridge looks really dried out (looking at you Martin), and I'll apply the conditioner to that as well.
 
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