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    Point me to some fretboard cleaning videos

    One of my guitars has sat in its case for far too many years and I need to clean the fretboard and the frets. The frets seem worse off than the fretboard as they have some tarnish going on. Anyone have some favorite YouTube videos that cover this?

    Thanks!

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    0000 grade steel wool on the frets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana View Post
    0000 grade steel wool on the frets.
    This, and if you don't want to worry about steel wool fucking with your pickups you can buy these: Fret Erasers | stewmac.com

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    Thanks. I saw some references to 0000 Steel Wool while googling. Any special tape for protecting the fretboard? Plain old painters masking tape?

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    Yeah that's it man. Tape up your pickups too. I usually clean my fretboard with a damp cloth first. Not wet , just damp. Then I use some isopropyl alcohol to get anything else off. It evaporates quick. Then I oil with stew Mac fretboard oil. That's my method at least

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    Unless it's maple, which you can just skip the last step.

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    Masking off is a bit of a pain, no matter how you slice it. But to speed things up, I use low-tack masking tape. It comes away easier, and doesn't leave any or much residue, so cleaning up is easier. I also run a continuous piece down either side of the fretboard first (like binding). When it's time to remove the tape, you just pull those pieces off, and all the other bits come away with it.

    I have some of the fret erasers, too (I have Crimson Guitars ones). I prefer using them to steel wool, as they're less messy and don't make me feel like I need a shower afterwards. But I don't think they really do a better job than steel wool, and given steel wool is easier and cheaper to come by, I can see why people might prefer just to stick with tried and true methods. If you do buy steel wool, get good stuff. You can usually see the difference between the cheap and good stuff just by eyeballing it. The good stuff is very smooth-looking.

    I like polishing the frets with something called Autosol once I'm finished. It brings them shits up like mirrors, and they feel really nice and smooth. I think everyone has their own preference for this too, and I've read people saying you need nothing more than steel wool to get that, or micromesh pads, or whatever, but I found it was either quicker or more effective with the polish.

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    All great info, much appreciated!

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