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Lemon Oil for Neck Cleaning

This is a discussion on Lemon Oil for Neck Cleaning within the Music Man Guitars forums, part of the Gear Talk category; What brand do you guys recommend? I bought a bottle of Old Enligh lemon oil today like this I was ...

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    Lemon Oil for Neck Cleaning

    What brand do you guys recommend?

    I bought a bottle of Old Enligh lemon oil today like this






    I was wondering if it was suitable for my JP musicman, on the back of the neck and on the fretboard.

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    ...not on the fretboard. The back of the neck, should be OK.
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    Alright, cool. What do you recommend for cleaning the fretboard?

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    Funny, I would have answered the opposite. I use that same lemon oil on the fretboard, and I use Dunlop 65 guitar cleaner on the body and (occasionally) the neck.

    Search the forum on this topic, and I'm sure you'll find other posts to guide you as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwf1004
    ...not on the fretboard. The back of the neck, should be OK.
    Gee I use that brand on my rosewood fretboard, in fact I remember going through a whole series of posts and determining that it was cool...
    Lemon Oil

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    OK here are the two threads I started...both agree that good quality lemon oil (Old English included) on the fretboard, used sparingly is OK!

    Just stay away from silicone...
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    Quote Originally Posted by saplingg
    Alright, cool. What do you recommend for cleaning the fretboard?
    i clean my rosewood fretboards every time i change strings just using a slightly damp cloth & elbow grease........but you dont oil them that often...... rosewood has natural oils in it....i oil mine once a year ....... if that much.
    only if you live in a VERY dry location would you oil rosewood more than once or twice a yaer. too much oil will soften the wood too much over time....and perhaps allow frets to become unseated . ( or loose)
    on the neck i would ONLY use brichwood & casey's gunstock oil like ebmm...
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    Thumbs up lemony oil

    yeah, that's the stuff. i've been using it for years. gits th' ooge offa yer pawnshop prize. i oil up th' whole guitar w/ it. never had a prob or damage. although.........it does tend to leave a vintagey yellow tinge on every thing it touches.......personally, i like that. :

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    I use Formby's...weird Tommy, I tend to oil mine every few months, because it gets hot here on LI...and the wood dries out to that greyish haze...I might start using Roche Thomas fretboard oil...
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    I have to disagree with Darrell here too... I give my Rosewood fretboards a light dose of Old English Lemon Oil every six months or so - I really like the results, too. I agree that it must be used sparingly and only very occasionally, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimi D
    I have to disagree with Darrell here too... I give my Rosewood fretboards a light dose of Old English Lemon Oil every six months or so - I really like the results, too. I agree that it must be used sparingly and only very occasionally, however.

    +1 Gunstock oil/wax for the neck, and lemon oil for the rosewood. Only when it looks really dry, or if you use it more often, don't use a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jongitarz
    +1 Gunstock oil/wax for the neck, and lemon oil for the rosewood. Only when it looks really dry, or if you use it more often, don't use a lot.
    What if part of the fingerboard looks dry? On my SUB parts of the fingerboard that get used a lot look like they are ok, but ones that don't look realtivley dry? Should I apply some lemon oil there?

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    ...alright, all of you.



    Being up at 6am, and in the downward spiral of inebriation, I got the two mixed up... yes, Darrell's human!

    Lemon oil on rosewood fretboard = GOOD
    Gunstock oil wax on rosewood fretboard = BAD

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    Mixed drinks = GOOD...but dangerous.

    Note to self...stay off the computer post-alcohol.
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    Alright cool. Sorry I didn't think of doing a search first, stupid me.

    Although, Darrell, I used lemon oil on the neck last night so be careful of the drunk posting :P

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    Yep. Old English is great. I just did my brothers acoustic for him. He doesn't play much anymore so it was collecting dust and in the same room as his fireplace. It had 2 really bad cracks in the fretboard and the old english got rid of them and now his fretboad looks like new. I applied a little bit then let sit for about 15 minutes then wipe off. I repeated this 3 times because it was super dry. On my guitars I only do the process once. It was kinda cool to see the cracks disappear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearkat16
    Yep. Old English is great. I just did my brothers acoustic for him. He doesn't play much anymore so it was collecting dust and in the same room as his fireplace. It had 2 really bad cracks in the fretboard and the old english got rid of them and now his fretboad looks like new. I applied a little bit then let sit for about 15 minutes then wipe off. I repeated this 3 times because it was super dry. On my guitars I only do the process once. It was kinda cool to see the cracks disappear.
    so the oil caused the wood to swell------closing the cracks ?
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