What would you do with this fretboard?

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by rmackowsky, Oct 12, 2021.

  1. Phat-O-Caster

    Phat-O-Caster Senior Stratmaster

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    I have a can of Minwax ebony wood stain that I'd hit it with.
     
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  2. 3bolt79

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    You might try Minwax Brazilian rosewood gel stain. I used it to repair a gouge in a fretboard that wen down past the stained portion of the wood. Sanded it afterward with 1500 and 2000 grit then wiped it on on a rag. The gouge I layered up with it on a a tip. Ready for oil the next day.
     
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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    Where do they say that? The only comment I can find on the Martin web site is as follows:

    03. CAN I USE LEMON OIL ON MY FINGERBOARD?
    Martin Guitar does not recommend using lemon oil on the fingerboard. The acids in lemon oil break down the finish of your guitar. It may also speed the corrosion of the frets and decrease the life of your strings.

    Afaik 3 in 1 isn't good for guitars, and in fact the SDS (Safety Data Sheet) for 3 in 1 includes cautionary notes about prolonged exposure to skin etc. causing dermatitis, amongst other things.

    Food quality mineral oil is the only thing to put on guitar fingerboards if you really must put something on there.
     
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    train Fender 1 —the met. Silver Member

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    F1 has a handy little bottle with a needle spout for precise oiling.
     
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    I'd go full-Blackmore and take a rasp to the fretboard....
     
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    It was told to me in a phone conversation with their repair department so straight from one of their horses mouths.

    Food grade? You plan on having it for dinner?

    Some guys swear by boiled linseed oil, some swear by lemon oil and a host of other things.

    There's darn near as many opinions as there are guitars. I know a guy that only uses tea tree oil.

    I will tell you this, I've seen a whole lot more boards that were damaged from lack of oil than I have seed damaged by someone's opinion of "the wrong oil".
     
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    A scalloped fret acoustic. Now that sounds savage! :D:cool:
     
  8. eclecticsynergy

    eclecticsynergy Senior Stratmaster

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    I agree with the oil contingent. I think the relic look is kind a cool.
    IMO that one doesn't need darkening.

    FWIW the lemon oil products sold for wood are lemon-scented mineral oil, not real lemon oil.
    I used Formby's for decades and it worked just fine.
    Wouldn't put actual lemon oil on a fretboard.
     
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    bam-boozle Strat-Talk Member

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    1. isopropyl alcohol
    2. Gorgomyte
    3. Lemon oil
    4. Dry