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Islander
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Galveston, TX

Playing it by ear...
Sep 4th, 2018 07:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Should I apply fretboard conditioner to an ebony board? This is my first one and Care Manual doesn’t address it. Thanks!

Leftee
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Sep 4th, 2018 07:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

You can, periodically. I see you're in a typically humid climate. You don't really need to very often. Maybe not even once a year. Annually at most, I would think.

Islander
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Playing it by ear...
Sep 4th, 2018 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

You got that humidity right Leftee! Thanks.

Pinetree
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Sep 4th, 2018 07:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes.

Lemon Oil.




reverendrob
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Sep 4th, 2018 08:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

If it's dark wood, and manufacturer don't tell me otherwise..lemon oil!


Islander
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Galveston, TX

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Sep 4th, 2018 08:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks guys, much appreciated

Danny Nader

usa

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Sep 4th, 2018 11:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

At least twice a year. Three to four would be best. That way you clean the gunk and dirt off from your hands that gets in / on the fb. Your eyes will be the best at determining whether or not it needs to be oiled. It will also feel different as it gets dirty and dry. Mineral oil is my dressing of choice.

Danny

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Ohio

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Sep 5th, 2018 08:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a few guitars with ebony fretboards. I treat them the same as my other guitars. I play all my guitars and just give them a once over when I pick them and while playing. If they need any maintenance, cleaning, lubing I do it while I am giving them this playing, attention time. Ebony is my favorite fretboard wood, maple is second. My new Xaviere acoustic has pao ferro and that is my first guitar with that. Very similar to rosewood.


Leftee
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Sep 5th, 2018 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Danny brings up a great point. If you tend to hunk up a fretboard, more is better. I don’t, even when I only had 1 guitar.

stinger22

USA

Sep 5th, 2018 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use a little Dr. Duck's or something similar to clean the fretboard when changing strings. Maybe once a year let it sit and soak for about 15 minutes then wipe off.

Danny Nader

usa

You should have been there!
Sep 5th, 2018 08:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

PS: The safest cleaner is naphtha / lighter fluid. Cleans all splooge before oiling.

Islander
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Galveston, TX

Playing it by ear...
Sep 6th, 2018 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for all the input guys.

Te 52

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Sep 6th, 2018 10:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use clarinet bore oil on fretboards. Why? Because I have some and it sounds sophisticated.

ejm

usa

Sep 7th, 2018 12:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Should you? Or *can* you?
Two different questions.

I'm no expert, but I read somewhere (on some stringed instrument makers forum maybe) that rosewood and ebony have their own oils, so you don't *need* to do it.

However, I always have done it to all of my unfinished boards once or twice a year. I found some lemon oil once that has no silicones, and the bottle is enough to last a lifetime and more.


reverendrob
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Sep 8th, 2018 07:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's a case of "as needed" really.

I find it makes a difference every so often, at least in the high desert.

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