Walnut fingerboard on a Jet

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by craigh, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. craigh

    craigh Electromatic

    15
    Mar 25, 2019
    MD
    I have an Electromatic Jet with a walnut fingerboard. I like the fingerboard a lot. However, my fingers get extremely dirty from playing? How long does it take for the "grime" to rub off the board? Normal hand washing does not clean everything. Any ideas? Thanks
     
  2. Gregor

    Gregor Gretschie

    140
    Oct 17, 2018
    New Brunswick, Canada
    I oiled the finger board with boiled linseed oil, rubbed it in with a soft rag and most, if not all the "grime" came off. The "grime" is actually a stain. Enough stain remained to still give it the dark walnut look although not as dark as originally.
    A search of the forum will reveal lots of ideas. Good luck with it.
     
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  3. dmunson

    dmunson Gretschie

    112
    Dec 19, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    All I had to do was replace the original strings, and rub the walnut down with a little lemon oil. But I never noticed any grime on either the neck or my hands. If there was a stain, it had to be pretty light.
     
  4. jfassett

    jfassett Gretschie

    366
    Dec 9, 2017
    Tucson
    I took it all off with some fine steel wool, still looks like the rosewood boards on my other Gretsch guitars. I think they were after an ebony look with the stain, silly!
     
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  5. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    Mine is stained as well. I was expecting it but have not had any transfer to my fingers.
     
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  6. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Age:
    66
    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    The stain will come off as others mentioned. I had a Reverend Manta Ray that had the same issue for several months after I bought it. Eventually came off with some diligence and lemon oil. Poor planning on the part of the Manufacturer IMHO.
     
  7. I went with lemon oil for guitars from Stew-Mac - not exactly same as lemon essential oil - and not on a walnut fingerboard either - but it is how I treat my rosewood fwiw.
     
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