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Best Oil for Ebony Fretboards?

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Was wondering what brand or type would be best for Ebony?

What schedule do you apply, each string change, etc?

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Mike 24

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i'd say lemon oil once a year unless it gets really dry...

 

the oil from your hands should keep it oiled well and ebony is naturally oilier than rosewood i think.

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I see this very same post, oh ... 'bout every 3 months it seems :rolleyes:;) .

 

Ebony is my favorite fretboard wood and I've got two axes now with it :D

 

Use lemon oil to clean the board with a little 000 steel wool if the buildup is really heavy.

 

IMHO lemon oil evaporates too quickly to really do the board any good for re-hydration purposes.

 

I use "Guitar Honey" after lemon oil. This stuff works like magic and you will really feel and hear the difference once your board is hydrated with it.

 

As far as cleaning/hydrating schedule goes ... I hit it once in the middle of summer and once in the middle of winter. Basically a "solstice" routine.

 

--Phrostbit

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this has been mentioned hear numerous times before but lemon oil isn't really an oil, its a solvent. Its good for breaking down grease and gunk that develops, but its not designed to "hydrate" the wood.

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Originally posted by Phrostbit
IMHO lemon oil evaporates too quickly to really do the board any good for re-hydration purposes.


I use "Guitar Honey" after lemon oil. This stuff works like magic and you will really feel and hear the difference once your board is hydrated with it.


As far as cleaning/hydrating schedule goes ... I hit it once in the middle of summer and once in the middle of winter. Basically a "solstice" routine.


--Phrostbit

 

hydrate? oils do nothing of the sort..that is accomplished via the RH of the environment the guitar is kept in.

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Originally posted by k4df4l



hydrate? oils do nothing of the sort..that is accomplished via the RH of the environment the guitar is kept in.

 

Ok ... if you want to get technical, it's not literally hydrating the board ... but replacing the oils in the wood :p :p :freak: . But I think I got my point across. :idea:

 

--Phrostbit

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Originally posted by Phrostbit
Ok ... if you want to get technical, it's not literally hydrating the board ... but replacing the oils in the wood
:p
:p
:freak:
. But I think I got my point across.
:idea:

--Phrostbit

 

explain that one for me...technically

 

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Ebony is MORE prone to shrinking and cracking then rosewood which is a naturally oilier wood. A little light mineral oil every year or so is plenty.

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Boiled Linseed oil. You can get it at Home Depot. Apply lightly, let soak in for 5 minutes, then buff dry. Do it once a year or so.

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In 11 years of owning an ebony board, I have yet to do anything to it, except clean it. No drying out, warpage, anything.

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The grease from your fingers does more to keep the board from drying out than using lemon oil, however you should probably still use lemon oil just to clean it, otherwise it can get a little gross:freak:

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Actually every three weeks this pops up. Just get some Lem-Oil and be done with it. Read the directions and it works great. I use Lem on Rosewood and Ebony.

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I've always used just plain old lemon oil on my ebony boards. Like the others have said, it don't take much.

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lemon oil is really mineral spirits with lemon scent added. No lemons involved. It's a solvent that willstrip out the wood oils in your fingerboard if used long term

 

I vote for walnut oil. A true drying oil.

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Originally posted by guitarcapo

lemon oil is really mineral spirits with lemon scent added. No lemons involved. It's a solvent that willstrip out the wood oils in your fingerboard if used long term


I vote for walnut oil. A true drying oil.

 

fwiw, lemon oil is generally mineral oil w/ solvents (that could be mineral spirits) and sometimes scent added.

 

...ps guys, I am still waiting for all the unbiased technical info about nurishing the wood with oil and crap...

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Originally posted by k4df4l



fwiw, lemon oil is generally mineral oil w/ solvents (that could be mineral spirits) and sometimes scent added.


...ps guys, I am still waiting for all the unbiased technical info about nurishing the wood with oil and crap...

 

I don't think it is possible to nourish something that is dead.

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