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Fingerboards - do ya'll treat them?

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Do others treat their FB's with walnut oil or anything or just leave them be?

I've got an F5 I built 5 yrs ago that's never been treated and never had a problem.

Apr 30, 08 | 2:05 pm
Ken Hundley

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I have soem fingerboard oil from stewmac, I hit em once or twice a year just cause I like the way it looks. They really don't need it if the guitar as a whole is well cared for and humidified.

May 01, 08 | 8:26 am

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I finally found some walnut oil in the Winn Dixie today. Tried that on one of my old fiddles as per suggestion on, and it looks, feels, and smells great.

It's all I can do not to lick my own FB! But I won't cause I do have some morals.

May 01, 08 | 10:37 am

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I bought a small bottle of a lemon oil mixture from Elderly Instruments a couple of years ago with the endearing name of 'Lizard Spit'. A couple drops once a year seems to work well.

May 01, 08 | 2:07 pm
Bill Cory

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Lots of controversy about treating fretboards. I've read some luthiers who say that lemon oil (in particular) creates problems; others who state that it's not badat all.

Lizard Spit is good stuff.

I use Bore Oil about about every two or three string changes; it's for the inside of wooden clarinets, etc. I don't overdo it.

May 01, 08 | 3:27 pm

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Actually read the label on the Lizard Spit and it turns out to be an orange citrus oil. :) What?? Me read directions??? :)

May 02, 08 | 6:59 am

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Leave them be in my case. Oh, clean off the crud every once in a while. I have guitars over 50 years old with no fret board issues.

May 02, 08 | 7:15 am

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