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Thread: Ebony Fret Board care.

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    Ebony Fret Board care.

    How do I take care of Ebony fret boards? and while we are at it Maple fret boards? I know Lem-oil is mainly for Rosewood boards and I've been using it to clean my other guitars fret boards when I change strings but on my Jr V it is Ebony, and I have no clue how to take care of it.

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    For ebony, use Lemon oil. I oil my boards once or twice a year.

    For maple, use nothing.

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    So it is basicly, Rosewood like every string change, or if the fret board is looking dry, Ebony is just very rarely?

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    It doesn't hurt the ebony to do it more often. I do it twice a year, because that's how often I change strings

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    If a maple fretboard has a finish on it that is the same as a guitar finish, then use the same cleaning method you would use for the body. Don't use anything that would eat through the finish, and don't bother with oils like you would use for unfinished fretboard woods like ebony and rosewood because it won't ever get absorbed into the wood like it is supposed to (you'll just be wasting it).

    For unfinished maple, I believe there are Ernie Ball wipes designed to work with such fretboards which many Wolfgang owners swear by.

    For ebony and rosewood I use a general-purpose wood cleanser (any kind that doesn't have waxes or anything that would block absorption will do) to get any dirt or oil buildup cleaned out, and then I use Fret Doctor to restore the wood to its healthiest possible condition.

    As always, avoid any solution that might compromise the adhesion of the frets in their slots. Anything with industrial solvents or heavy acids, for instance.


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    ^ even though it seem like Ebony hardly has pores like rosewood does?

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    Ebony needs to be oiled far more often than rosewood. Rosewood dries out and looks like shit. Ebony dries out and cracks. Ebony is a very brittle wood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    Ebony needs to be oiled far more often than rosewood. Rosewood dries out and looks like shit. Ebony dries out and cracks. Ebony is a very brittle wood.
    So I should oil at least every other string change then? I change string quite often, unlike Matt C.

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