Use Guitar Fretboard Cleaning? What Do You Use

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  1. BowerR64

    BowerR64 Well-Known Member

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    Found 2 acoustic, a bass, a cheap electric and a SE355 hallow body clone on CL for $100. dirty as heck. One of the acoustics is an older yamaha thats seen some play time, and the hallow body has some time on it also.

    Both of the well played guitars has major ginger oils caked on the fretboard. I was curious what you guys use to get that grime off?

    Ive tried goo gone, rubbing alcohol i even used a blade once to scrape the crap off. I think it might also be smoke tar.
     
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    Lighter fluid (also known as Naphtha) steel wool.
    Then finish with Howard Butcher Block Conditioner.
    If is real bad Lestoil, that stuff cleans anything.
     
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    Dunlop fretboard cleaner. A bit with cleaner and oil.
    Works for me
     
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    Yes, a world of uses, that!
    This also works well.
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    A little goes a long way.
    I usually use and recommend this:
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    I haven't tried to remove cotton candy or gummy worms, but for once a year clean and shine, it's very good stuff.
     
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    Rosewood and/or ebony and not maple, right? Do not perform the following on maple.

    Dampen a small ball of 0000 steel wool with lukewarm water. Gently clean in the direction of the wood grain (you can carefully clean the frets too while you're there). Pat dry immediately and let air dry. Then rub in some boiled linseed oil. Wipe away any excess and let dry. Dispose of any oily rags properly (I leave them outside for a few days first). They can be combustible.

    Been doing it for years with great success. Learned from one of the best luthiers this side of the Mississippi.
     
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    An old and tried method, I'm sure!
     
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    will not will not WILL NOT use water anywhere near my fretboards.
     
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    Fret Doctor... The only thing I use...

     
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    they make some of the most beautiful guitars ever.
     
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    This may sound kinda nuts, but I love to clean my fretboards. I don't know why - therapeutic I guess? I have to keep a log of when I do it (once to twice a year, depending on how much play they get). I'd frickin' clean and polish my fretboard each week if I could!

    I have to admit to being a habitual guitar polishing nut as well. :noplease:
     
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    I have balistol i may try it. That stuff stinks but it worked great for blackpowder guns i know that. Never thought of lighter fluid either, the rubbing alcohol i tried is the strongest and it didnt seem to even phase the goo.

    I havnt noticed alot of my maple neck guitars with alot of finger goo on the fretboard mostly the darker fretboard woods ive noticed mainly rosewood.

    I just recently cleaned an older 77-81 yamaha acoustic that looked like it has had a few fret jobs done on it. The frets are pretty low and you could really see and feel the goo.

    I just like cleaning a used guitar thats seen alot of use before new strings and a setup.
     
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    naptha will walk all over alcohol R64.
     
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    I use windex and a washrag to get the crud from around the frets and then pledge and a washrag to make it all lemony fresh.
     
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    don't use water based products.
     
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    Gorgomyte cleans the fretboard and frets.I use it and it works great.
     
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    +1 for the Gorgomyte, I got it to clean maple fretboards but obviously it works just as well on rosewood or ebony.
    Goes a long way too.
     
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    I use lemon oil on both maple & rosewood necks. I use Pledge furniture polish for cleaning the guitars.
     

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