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    Whatís a good product to use for maintaining rosewood fingerboards? I havenít had a rosewood board for a long time, and I see for example from Jim Dunlop a Deep Conditioner and then your standard lemon oil. I know PRS offers a bottle of fretboard conditioner.
    Itís for my new Silver Sky. It doesnít need anything yet but in the future. I know you canít go wrong with lemon oil, just wondering if there are better options out there.

  • #2
    Re: Rosewood board conditioning

    I use Formbys or Pledge Lemon Oil
    you can get the pricey purpose branded stuff
    that amounts to exactly the same oil in the bottle
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    • #3
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      I’ve used the Dunlop product and been happy. Boogie Bill has the deluxe version, I forgot the name.
      Oh no.....


      Oh Yeah!

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      • #4
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        Check this out. It looks a bit oldfashioned, but the stuff is great. The inventor is a retired engineer, who worked with cooling oils in his professional life. As a hobbist fifer he saved a lot of vintage fifes with his oils.

        https://beafifer.com/boredoctor.htm
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        • #5
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          Originally posted by hamerfan View Post
          Check this out. It looks a bit oldfashioned, but the stuff is great. The inventor is a retired engineer, who worked with cooling oils in his professional life. As a hobbist fifer he saved a lot of vintage fifes with his oils.

          https://beafifer.com/boredoctor.htm
          Fret doctor is the shtzel. Been using it 15 years. Outstanding product./

          Most so called "lemon oils" and their variants contain mineral oil which is part water and is very bad for fretboards & will dry & crack them.

          You should not have to use fretdoctor maybe twice a year on any single guitar.

          https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fret-Doctor...gAAOSwImRYFNfe

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by JMP/HBE View Post
            Fret doctor is the shtzel. Been using it 15 years. Outstanding product./

            Most so called "lemon oils" and their variants contain mineral oil which is part water and is very bad for fretboards & will dry & crack them.

            You should not have to use fretdoctor maybe twice a year on any single guitar.

            https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fret-Doctor...gAAOSwImRYFNfe
            This especially formulated, all natural blend of expensive non-toxic exotic oils, antioxidants, and stabilizers, controls the dimensional stability and water balance of fine wood instruments.
            from the website
            https://beafifer.com/boredoctor.htm

            Marketing is fake news
            Fret doctor uses Water as an ingredient too

            Cmon Man

            don't fall for the Hype
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            • #7
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              Originally posted by ehdwuld View Post
              from the website
              https://beafifer.com/boredoctor.htm

              Marketing is fake news
              Fret doctor uses Water as an ingredient too

              Cmon Man

              don't fall for the Hype

              Im being honest & have no personal gain here.

              Anyone that uses "furniture polish" on a musical instrument or anything besides furniture is mis-informed at best.

              Fret doc uses plant based oils that nourish wood and keep it hydrated.

              Did you even read the link ?
              Last edited by JMP/HBE; 04-27-2020, 01:12 PM.

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              • #8
                Re: Rosewood board conditioning

                Oils that don't contain silicone or wax should be fine (these things build up, get pushed around, dirty, and gummy), but realize that it's for cosmetic reasons only. You don't need to oil rosewood to protect it from anything; rosewood is naturally oily. Just keep your guitar out of extremely arid conditions, and keep it clean.

                If I wanted it darker, I'd slightly dye it rather than oil it, because I don't like the feel of an oiled board. Buffing/polishing the rosewood without any fretboard conditioning product can look and feel nice, though.
                Last edited by ItsaBass; 04-27-2020, 05:44 PM.
                Originally posted by LesStrat
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                Originally posted by JOLLY
                I do a few chord things, some crappy lead stuff, and then some rhythm stuff.

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                • #9
                  Re: Rosewood board conditioning

                  Arizona is fairly dry most of the time. I've used Dunlop fretboard conditioner for years with no problems.
                  And for the rare finished maple board, Endust.

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                  • #10
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                    Howard Feed'N'Wax
                    aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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                    • #11
                      Re: Rosewood board conditioning

                      Music Nomad F-One oil. I've used a lot of different brands, but this is my go-to. It does a great job, goes on easy, absorbs well, and definitely helps dried wood look healthy again.

                      https://www.musicnomadcare.com/Produ...-ONE-Oil-2-oz/

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                      • #12
                        Re: Rosewood board conditioning

                        Originally posted by JMP/HBE View Post
                        Im being honest & have no personal gain here.

                        Anyone that uses "furniture polish" on a musical instrument or anything besides furniture is mis-informed at best.

                        Fret doc uses plant based oils that nourish wood and keep it hydrated.

                        Did you even read the link ?
                        Yes I read the marketing copy
                        The words nourish and hydrate are also used to sell creams to women

                        Listen to yourself

                        All oils are plant based even petroleum is

                        Dood
                        Cmon you're quoting ad copy

                        The stuff in furniture polish is exactly the same stuff
                        Just not marketed to superstitious guitar players

                        It used the same plant based mineral oils as anyone else's


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                        • #13
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                          I oil my fretboards by playing. Iíve never had one crack or fall off in 35 years.

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                          • #14
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                            So, now that we're all in agreement...
                            I am either a thirtysomething actress or a small farm animal.

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                            • #15
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                              I like the Ernie Ball fingerboard wipes for cleaning. It smells good, too.
                              Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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