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Old 09-21-2019, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Haasome View Post
Well, Iím perhaps the odd man out. But Iíve never done a thing to any of my guitars besides wipe them down with a soft cloth. Once in a blue moon, Iíll dampen a cloth with straight water to wipe off schmootz that got onto the guitar.
I've had my Gibson for about 50 years and never oiled it. I guess maybe I'm about due.
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Old 09-21-2019, 02:02 PM
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I use lemon oil and apply it to my fingerboards & bridges no more than once a year. I place a drop or two on my fingertip and work it into the fingerboard and bridge, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe down the applied areas with a clean soft cotton cloth to remove any excess. A little bit goes a LONG way...I have a 2-ounce bottle that I've used for 3-4 years already and the level is probably only down 1/16". I suspect I'll be using this same bottle for the rest of my life.

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Old 09-21-2019, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Brucebubs View Post
Welcome to the AGF.
I'm a big fan of the Music Nomad F-One Fretboard Oil.

Just a few drops needed - I use it about once per year.
Works well on bridges too - see the before and after shots below of my Martin JDP II.
Love this stuff. I was worried for years about over oiling-collecting I never oiled my fretboards.
I was especially afraid of that oil getting onto my strings. As finger oils, and corrosion kill the tone of strings.
And then I saw a demonstration on how Music Nomad really sinks in. Just wipe on, let sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Wipe on another coat...and wait another 10 to 20 minutes. Then vigorously wipe off
As far as I can tell there is no surface residue. Obviously there has to be some, but It does not feel like there is any.
As another benefit, your fingers seem to glide across the frets a bit easier.
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Old 09-21-2019, 02:50 PM
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How about NEVER? I never oil my fretboards. It seems a very unnecessary task and I've never had a problem arise from not oiling the fretboards on my 30+ stringed instruments.

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Old 09-21-2019, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by paulzoom View Post
Did you put it on the rosette? It looks darker. Hope not because I like the lighter version.
The photo's are several years apart.
The guitar was very light colored when new but has darkened over the years - lives on a stand in my living room.

I was another person who had never treated any of my guitars unril I posted a picture of that very same Martin JDP II and an AGFer commented that the bridge looked very dry - did some research - liked what I read about Music Nomad F-One and very happy with the results.


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Old 09-22-2019, 08:45 AM
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Guess I am old school have never oiled any of my fretboards. To me my instruments have always been about the guitars being tools of a trade.
I have cleaned them with using 000 steelwool and always wiped them down after using them for some time to make sure to get any finger oils left behind are removed gently and have never worried about the looks.The sound is what always mattered to me so like many old time players I just make sure my tools are well looked after without taking any chance of causing damage down the road to the fretboard or bridge.
Sorry but I look at these products as nothing more then to seperate you from your wallet and whatever cash is in it and frankly I just wouldn't risk it.
But at the same time its your money and your guitar so do as you please but it is always going to be a big fat NO from my side of the track after 55+ years.
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