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Cleaning and conditioning a Maple fretboard

Jodie Kelley — Feb 08, 2015 06:03AM HST

Hi-

I am wondering the best way to clean and condition a maple fretboard? I have always used Dunlop 65 fingerboard cleaner and prep on rosewood and ebony fretboards, however Dunlop states it is not recommended for maple. Is lemon oil safe, and does it "clean" in addition to conditioning?


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Joel - Feb 16, 2015 at 09:12PM HST

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From what I understand, the issue with using lemon oil on a maple fretboard is that most maple fretboards are finished, especially on guitars and the oil wont be able to penetrate the finish to the wood. But even on non-finished maple boards the maple is not as porous as rosewood or ebony so it doesnt absorb the oils well enough to be effective much for re-hydrating the fingerboard.

For cleaning purposes most players report fine results using it to remove grime and residue. The biggest issue would be if you had a finished fretboard then you would have to check to make sure whatever you were using didnt include any solvents or chemicals that would damage the finish.

I think you are ok using the 65 to clean the fretboard just make sure to wipe all of the excess and residue away well after its used.

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