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Best Fretboard Cleaner/Conditioner?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Guitar Nut, May 18, 2009.

  1. Guitar Nut

    Guitar Nut Strat-Talker

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    Hi Everyone, This has probably been asked before but I'm looking for good fretboard cleaner conditioner, I live in Arizona where it gets real dry 5% humidity or so and I want to keep my fretboards from drying and cracking. Thanks in advance for responses!
     
  2. thaus

    thaus Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Fret-Doctor.......really good stuff. A lot of players swear by lemon oil.
     
  3. StratoBrew

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    +1 on lemon oil, but it's not for use on maple fretboards.

    Colorado may not be quite as dry as Arizona, but it does the trick for my rosewood boards here in the semi-arid, high-altitude Rocky Mountains.
     
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    I've been using the Murphys Orange Wipes.
     
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    hendrixfan Senior Stratmaster

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    i use lemon oil,
     
  6. Nigel T.

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    I use Gorgomyte and on non-Maples everyonce in a blue moon Fret Doctor.
     
  7. thaus

    thaus Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The thing I prefer with Fret-Doctor is that it actually makes the rosewood appear darker (not just when wet). I have done this on several rosewood boards comparing with lemon oil and the ones treated with fret doctor stay dark. But lemon oil is much cheaper. You have to remember that you should really need to condition once or at most, twice a year.
     
  8. K-Line

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    Stew-Mac Fretboard conditioner. Makes Rosewood almost look like ebony at times.
     
  9. still_fiddlin

    still_fiddlin Senior Stratmaster

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    To keep your rosewood & ebony (real or ersatz) in good shape, any of the products mentioned will work, and I'll add, plain mineral oil. Just don't use any finishing oils, like tung, or "Danish," and definitely no linseed.

    In AZ's negative humidity, you might want to do it every time you change strings, or whenever it looks a little dry or grimy. You can't really over condition, so long as you mop up the excess. And, if you happen to be one of those folks that enjoys your Cheetos or bucket of KFC while practicing, frequent fingerboard cleaning & conditioning is highly recommended!
     
  10. Donovan

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    Good thread. I've always used lemon oil as well. Feels good to hear that you can't really "over-condition" because I tend to do it at every string change.

    I do wonder though, where does it all go?!?! :) Rosewood really soaks it up.
     
  11. ultraeconomike

    ultraeconomike Strat-Talker

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    I think fast fret seems to have a conditioning quality to it if you rub it into the fretboard.
    I'm going to try the Stew Mac fret conditioner now though, it sounds good.
     
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