Are Gretsch fretboards finished? Is this cleaner safe?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Gbm6, May 23, 2020.

  1. Gbm6

    Gbm6 Electromatic

    31
    Sep 30, 2019
    New Zealand
    [​IMG] Hi guys,

    bought this fretboard cleaner by Dunlop, says USE ONLY ON UN-FINISHED FRETBOARDS.

    Are Gretsch fretboards typically finishes or unfinished?
    Mine is a 2018 5422..

    I know a lot of people will just use mildly soaped water, but while I was in the shop I decided to purchase this.
    Only read the warning once I got home..
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  2. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    You'll be fine. Finished boards are like the Fender Tele or Strat maple board necks. The have a clear coat sprayed on the complete neck.

    The 5422 neck has an unfinshed finger board.

    I clean my necks with a soft damp cloth and then brush down with a soft toothbrush to remove any dirt. Then apply the conditioner.

    I'm partial to F-one conditioner and am pleased with the results.
     
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  3. montereyjack66

    montereyjack66 Country Gent

    Feb 29, 2012
    LA-ish
    I'm never finished with mine.
     
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  4. sgarnett

    sgarnett Gretschie

    383
    Apr 14, 2020
    Kentucky
    My Streamliner seems to have a stained fretboard. Modern Electromatics have a “compressed” fretboard. I don’t know whether the fretboard on my 6120 is stained, compressed, resin-impregnated, or otherwise “ebonized”, but it doesn’t look like just natural ebony.
     
  5. Tadhg

    Tadhg Gretschie

    181
    Aug 8, 2019
    Qld - Australia
    Not all of them? Mine's laurel, not compressed, not engineered, not treated.
     
  6. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    54
    Oct 18, 2015
    Germany
    As long as there is not a layer of laquer over the board you will be fine.
    A good alternative would be lemon oil or Viol.
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2020
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