Are some of them crushed with small indentations from the guitar strings? Supporting Members list unlimited gear with no listing fees in the Classifieds, get instant Keyword Alerts, and get Free Shipping at the TalkBass Store. Don’t worry about them, usually they’re inlaid shell or plastic that won’t be damaged by steel wool. repeated exposure to high sound levels (more than 80 decibels), the paradise city, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty. Occasionally guitars have painted-on dots, but in my experience, that’s only the really cheap ones. Or maybe you have an all composite guitar like the Rainsong BI-WS1000N2. before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. Yes, they really are a metal wire with a thin edge glued into slots cut into the ebony fretboard. If you wipe down your guitar every session, your neck will stay cleaner and your strings will last longer. To get them out of the bridge, most acoustic guitars have bridge pins, which are usually plastic. Required fields are marked *. Lemon oil is just mineral oil with scent added. For the first several years I never paid any attention to the care of the instrument. Fine steel wool will safely scrub off the gunk you’ve left there. Some folks loosen the strings by turning the tuning machines, then clip the strings in half. The tshirt is usually pretty good at soaking up any excess and at the same time scrubs the fretboard. I use my fingernail & the rag to get at any grime at the frets. Pure lemon oil (you can find in health food stores usually) once or twice a year on the board. Either way, these fretboards need to be cleaned, and they both use the same process. Some say to clean with a damp cloth and a small amount of soap. Guitar Affinity's Top 5 Guitars of the Month: Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I think linseed oil is a good option if you don’t mind the smell – just make sure it’s raw linseed oil. Then once you’ve basically got it all off, get a fresh paper towel and gently buff it until you get a great shine. Less is more here. That's what's so simple about it." Windex is fine, but I prefer a guitar cleaner/polish like Martin Polish and Cleaner. On a side note, some guitarists don’t like the shiny clear coat on the back of guitar necks, and they sand it off. This page was generated at 04:42 AM. No matter which conditioner you choose to use – if you choose to use any – make sure you don’t use much. I own 4 guitars but my Warrior is the only one with an ebony fretboard. What about steel wooling on top of the dots on the fretboard? Rosewood is especially dark but it is not as dark as ebony, although it does get dirty. Set up your guitar on a safe table or surface, preferably with a towel or something underneath it. And for heaven’s sake don’t use sandpaper. How to Safely Clean and Protect a Rosewood or Ebony Fretboard Rosewood and ebony fingerboards are not finished with lacquer like the rest of the wood parts in your guitar. Notice I said to use the steel wool very lightly. My ebony fretboard sits on a 5-string manogany neck, was built in early 1996, and is absolutely gorgeous. Because basic chords hang around the lower frets, for many players frets 1-3 may need more work. OOOO steel wool used very lightly. They are absolutely soft and scratchless, and they soak up sweat and grease. Gold Supporters see zero ads! When I finally sold it, it was pretty filthy and gummed up. I just use an old t shirt as a rag. Keep in mind, though, if you use steel wool, cover the rest of your bass, ESPECIALLY the pickups as tiny steel wool particles have a nasty way of getting in small cracks and on your pickups. Keeping it clean is not difficult, and it will make the guitar feel and play better. Fig. Supporting Members list unlimited gear with no listing fees in the Classifieds, get instant Keyword Alerts, and get Free Shipping at the TalkBass Store. Dunlop Lemon Oil for rosewood & ebony fretboards. Then you can pull the strings out. While you’ve got the strings off and the neck clean, take a look at the fret wires. I personally don’t like the idea of it and like to stick to just a damp cloth or paper towel. And, once this is done, you might as well clean the rest of the guitar. If you use coarser steel wool, you’ll end up scratching the wood, and that’s not good. I try to clean my fretboard after every time I change my strings. Cold pressed walnut oil is good, too. Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by JJP_1984_LB50, Apr 27, 2014. If you use a very firm “death grip” when fingering chords with your left hand, you may dent the fret wires more quickly. My habit is not to cut the strings off, but to gently remove them by loosening the them with the tuning machines up on the head of the guitar, gently unwrapping them and pulling them off the tuning pegs. You can clean every single fret from the first fret by the nut (the white plastic piece on the bottom of the guitar head), all the way to the highest fret on the body. You should also polish all the metal frets. They depend on the natural oils in the wood and your fingers to keep the wood in good shape. When you’re using the steel wool, be sure NOT to rub the back of the neck, which probably has a clear coat finish on it, and don’t rub the body, which has that too. It’s likely that you’ll get a couple of stray strands of steel wool stuck under a fret, and that’s no big deal. The word damn was supposed to be damp. Re: What's the best way to clean ebony and rosewood fretboards? Like everything when it comes to ebony fretboard care, there is debate on how often you should condition. And it will somewhat depend on your own personal circumstances. You’ll probably need to move to a new section of steel wool after a while because it gets filled up with dirt and you need fresh stuff. Last updated: June 14, 2019 by Nate Leave a Comment. I usually finish steel-wooling a fret by going back and rubbing back and forth, parallel to the fret wires all over the frets, to keep the strokes all uniform. I'll give you hydrate. The question of whether using steel wool for cleaning fretboard is a good idea or not is a topic of discussion among guitar users. There are different products that different people recommend and different guitar brands also recommend different products for their guitars. Personally I clean once every 2 to 3 months and condition once per year but others do both at different intervals. If you do decide that you want to actively condition your ebony fingerboard or if you tried the Minimalist approach and ended up with one of the issues above, then there are some things to consider when you clean and condition. ). Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Jacob M, Jan 21, 2005. Position the fretboard guard over each fret, scrubbing the fret’s surface with steel wool: Metal and wood react differently to gunk. Good 'ole guitar polish for maple fretboards. Gently pry them out with a flathead screwdriver or pliers, being careful not to scratch the finish. In terms of what you can do – there a few options to help to protect, prolong and recover the life of your ebony fretboard. It’s dense, hard to break, and its super dark color has a beautiful contrast from the frets.There are some Martin acoustic guitars that have a composite fretboard made of something they call “Richlite”, such as the Martin OMXAE. And I like to use a paper towel that’s damp with polish to wipe and buff each tuning machine and tuning knob. A clean fretboard not only looks great (Fig. If you do, you will likely make the fret too low, and it will not be able to press the notes correctly on that fret. The tshirt is usually pretty good at soaking up any excess and at the same time scrubs the fretboard. Unfortunately, there really isn’t a one size fits all answer and there’s a lot of contradictory advice. Clean thoroughly to remove oil and grime from the fretboard. There are of course many products out there made to condition fretboards. I usally clean the frets at the same time (using very fine grade #0000 steel wool) – click here for more on cleaning your guitar). They may get filthy what with no clear coat to protect the wood, but he loves the smoothness and non-stickiness of bare wood. Gunk especially builds up on the wood right next to the fret wires, so get those little corners. 000 is a very fine grade. And if you are gigging or playing in sweaty conditions, it’s really a must, or your guitar will turn into a gummy mess really quickly! You might never do anything to care for your fretboard – like in the minimalist approach – or you might choose to be more active than that. No it doesn't, but given it has been long enough for a noticeable amount of crud to build up, it might be time. Thank you for your support! Ebony is known for its clear, crisp attack which is often even brighter than maple.