Fretboard treatment

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Rmccamey, Sep 15, 2020.

  1. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey Electromatic

    Aug 28, 2020
    Does Gretsch recommend anything to use for cleaning or maintenance of fretboards? I have a Godin acoustic and they recommend Danish oil or Lemon oil on a periodic (annual?) basis. [Wipe it on, let it set, rub it in gently and wipe off the excess.]
  2. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    From Gretsch;

    Natural oils in rosewood and ebony fingerboards may dry out and shrink over time, evidenced by exposed fret edges (fret “sprout”). To preserve the fingerboard, hydrate it periodically by rubbing raw linseed oil into it with a clean lint-free cloth (remove the strings first). Let the oil soak in, then wipe to dry excess oil.

    That all being said, I prefer MusicNomad F-One for my fretboards.
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  3. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Synchromatic

    Feb 17, 2020
    Every time this subject comes up the F-One seems to be the most popular choice, and the one I like best myself.
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  4. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Yep. F-One is my favorite "over the counter" conditioner. It works extremely well IMO.

    I like the RLO too, but that's a longer process time to do it correctly.

    All the internet horror stories about using RLO on fretboards are self inflicted. It's all about how you apply it, how much you apply (and shouldn't have), and TIME.

    RLO on ebony board.

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  5. TubeLife

    TubeLife Gretschie

    Jan 23, 2020
    Satisfied F-One user here as well!! No sticky or funky residue. A little goes a long way
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  6. Crooner

    Crooner Friend of Fred

    Apr 15, 2009
    I use the Nomad as well on all my geetars (acoustics too). I also clean my frets with the Stew-Mac fret erasers. They’re nifty!
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  7. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey Electromatic

    Aug 28, 2020
    Sounds unanimous! I'll order some F-One today.

    I knew there was a reason I joined GT!!! Thanks all.
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  8. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz

    That board looks stunning.


    I also always use F-One. I just removed the strings on a brand new guitar I picked up today and treated the Ebony board.

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  9. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Thanks, your new one is looking great too.

    Since the RLO finish/conditioning, I used F-One once on it, and she's good for a long time.

    The next string change, I'll probably just use a warm damp cloth to clean it up. That's all a good conditioned board will need.

    Lot's of variables, but a conditioner may be good for six months or six years. Only an occasional damp cloth wipe down needed.

    They feel good and look pretty good too! Lol

    Enjoy your new one.
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  10. dreamingGretsch

    dreamingGretsch Synchromatic

    Oct 12, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
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  11. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey Electromatic

    Aug 28, 2020
    Yes, I'd heard of orange oil as well. I'll have to check it out.

  12. GretschPraise

    GretschPraise Gretschie

    Jun 26, 2017
    Tampa Bay
    I have some "lemon oil" from a guitar product company from a long time ago that I continue to use. I've since learned that products labeled as "lemon oil" are mostly mineral oil with some lemon scent added. Mineral oil doesn't get gooey or sticky or go rancid. It's also inexpensive.
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  13. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    I recommend food grade mineral oil, safe for the guitar and you, and very inexpensive. $20 will get a lifetime supply.
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  14. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Yep, the food grade mineral oil is usually purer /better quality and cheaper.
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  15. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey Electromatic

    Aug 28, 2020
    I have some Dunlop 65 that seems to be the real deal.

  16. SAguitar

    SAguitar Gretschie

    Jan 17, 2020
    I have an old bottle of Old English lemon furniture oil. I've been using it on all my guitars for about 25 years and this little bottle will probably outlast me.
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