Fret Oil

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  1. pedecamp

    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    I just play my guitars and dont do any maintenance and I think its about time. I've always read lemon oil on the frets....I dont want my guitar to smell like lemons! Whats a better fret conditioner? You should see the pickup covers on my goldtop, the nickel has oxidized and looks kind of green!
     
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    Fret Doctor or a high quality bore oil.
     
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    rmlevasseur Well-Known Member

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    Old English lemon oil works great for me. Doesnt gunk up and its cheap. Also smells nice but not overboard. Some will say its more mineral oil than actual lemon oil, but it works great for me. I just did my ebony and rosewood boards last night in fact. In Minnesota it gets pretty dry in the winter and they soak it up. They look so much nicer newly oiled as well.

    I know others will say different, but the rest is just snake oil to me, pardon the pun.
     
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    Fret Doctor 100%! Old English has silicone and will clog the pores, when your guitar gets about 14 years old you'll have to take it to a dermatologist!:)
     
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    Extra light olive oil on rosewood. Apply genorously, allow to soak in overnight, wipe off excess, and you now have the slickest fretboard ever.
    I have used this for years, even slap some on a sticky maple neck. It doesnt mess up a Gibson.
     
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    I'm not sure what I did w/ the link but,plain old mineral oil.
     
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    Lemon oil doesn't make it smell like lemons, lol. It's not like using Pledge.

    I use lemon oil and it works great.
     
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    Bah, all my guitars except one are all more than 14yrs old, no problems ever.
     
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    I use orange oil. same basic thing as rdamaral, in moderation, several coats over a couple of days. Olive oil/flax seed oil sounds like it would be good to try also.

    When I do a string change I usually do a full strip, clean, oil and polish.

    Unfortunately I think I need to do it for 4 of my guitars it may be a long weekend.
     
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    Any rosewood or ebony fretboard I've ever owned on a guitar has never seen a drop of oil.
     
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    RE: Olive Oil -

    I've never tried it on fretboards, though I have some in the house. I've heard of people using that for decades. I once read a story where Michael Sweet (Stryper) would take the strings off his Jacksons, oil them up with heated olive oil and let them set overnight. However, I recently read other accounts saying that olive oil is a bad idea because it can go rancid in th wood. Can anyone comment on whether that's fact or fiction?
     
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    Lemon oil won't smell like lemons ... just use it sparingly, and you'll be golden. I probably use it once / twice a year (don't overdo it) ... I use the Dunlop stuff.

    Btw., I wouldn't suggest fooling around w/olive oil, as it has the likelihood of turning rancid over time.
     
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    Mineral oil is fine, in fact from what I've read many of the potions that are called "lemon oil" or "fret lube" are mostly mineral oil. I like oil on rosewood, no need on ebony.
     
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    Thanks for the info!
     
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    yes.olive oil does go rancid. never use olive oil on any porous surface.:thumb:
    any cutting board oil that does not contain wax would work too. it's basically mineral & cold pressed lemon oil.
     
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    I've got a little container of Ernie Ball Wonder Wipes. I use one every once in awhile on my roseweood fingerboards.
     
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    In my experience it never has gone rancid. I am so confident of this that i have used this even on an EDS1275 double neck, for more than 16 years.
    It soaks into the surface but then it leaches out over time and then you end up with a dry board again. The reason i use it is nothing else has the slipperyness of olive. Some lemon oils contain petroleum distillates that can loosen glues. I got this idea from a violin player.

    PS. IT will also make all the finger gunk slide right off the strings.
     

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