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    Can we please get a definitive word about roasted maple maintenance?

    This has come up on several occasions and nobody from EBMM is answering that I've been able to find in a search. In the FAQ there is a section about how to care for ebony, rosewood, and maple necks. I'm just wondering if there is anything different that needs to be done about the roasted maple necks and fretboards? Do you still do the lemon oil? What about the gunstock oil and gunstock wax? Just want to hear from the higher ups about this.

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    I'm not somebody from EBMM, so what I have to say is clearly irrelevant.
    Last edited by MesaBeno; 05-24-2019 at 12:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MesaBeno View Post
    This has been covered quite a bit. I believe the consensus is treat it like normal maple. I don't use lemon oil on maple, but do use the gunstock oil and gunstock wax for the back of the neck. I use wonder wipes for the front of the fret board, or if it needs a little something stronger, I'll use Murphy's oil soap diluted in water.
    Super! Another golden nugget of advice delivered. A similar question popped into my head recently. Thank you :-)

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    There isn't anything you need to do differently on roasted maple compared to "regular" maple.
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    And there we have it. Thank you Dargin.

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    Keep in mind that though we have the forum and many folks will chime in with what they’ve learned there’s always the official channel of shooting customer service a quick email.

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    I asked the customer shop about this a while ago and this is what they wrote back:

    "Lemon oil is fine on the roasted Maple JP15 neck. We don't have experience trying the Dunlop brand in factory, we use the Ernie Ball Wonder Wipes Fretboard Conditioner or Old English lemon oil if those aren't available. The Dunlop should be fine though since it's intended for guitars."

    I have used it a few times and is works great. I am using dunlop lemon oil on the back of my JP6, too for more than 10 years now. The color of maple part went from almost white when it was new to the typical slightly yellowish/slight brown color of maple. I guess this is more related to the time that passed than due to the dunlop lemon oil since there were no sudden changes and I only realize that when I look at the old pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phatduckk View Post
    Keep in mind that though we have the forum and many folks will chime in with what they’ve learned there’s always the official channel of shooting customer service a quick email.
    Yes, that is an option, but I wanted to have the answer here on the forum so that when someone does a future search for this topic this thread will pop up and their question will be answered.

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    FWIW, my maintenance routine consists of doing nothing and my maple necks have been great for decades.


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    Quote Originally Posted by radrock View Post
    FWIW, my maintenance routine consists of doing nothing and my maple necks have been great for decades.
    You stole my routine, I've never had a problem.
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    I like untreated slippery neck so I fix these from time to time (roasted or unroasted).

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    I have been doing as I do on my non-roasted EBMM guitars - quick wipe down with Wonder Wipes with string changes, and an annual (or so) clean with Murphy's oil followed by Birchwood-Casey Gunstock wax and oil.
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    Most important thing for oiled necks: wash your hands before you play. Definitely helps keep the grunge from building up, which is somewhat inevitable. Wonder wipes once a year also helps.
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    I used Dunlop lemon oil after I emailed CS.

    They said "For the fretboard we recommend using our Ernie Ball Wonder Wipes Fretboard Conditioner. You can use any high grade lemon oil on the back of the neck and the fretboard though."
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    Guitar Honey is great too if things feel dry.


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