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Cleaning Rosewood

I discovered a great way to clean rosewood fretboards! Take a wet tissue or rag and wipe the surface. then take a coarse cloth and wipe it away. works wonders!

I did this because I was replacing strings the other day and I could find a toothbrush or anything like it to get all the grime out of the grain. I was extremely surprised at how well it worked.

Ryan
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1/13/2002 12:37 PM

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Be extra carfull about course cloths on your frtetboard.

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1/14/2002 10:47 AM

Dan Amann (236) wrote:

Bad idea to use a wet cloth (water will damage the fretboard..



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1/14/2002 6:30 PM

Ryan Sequeira (7665) wrote:

I know. that's why I wiped it off as soon as I finished putting it on.

I got the idea from looking at ed roman's site. Somewhere on there they showed how wetting a guitar down could give you a glance at what it would look in a natural finish...I wanted to know what rosewood would look like, so I wet it then wiped it with the nearest clean cloth. And then it was clean

Ryan



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1/14/2002 6:42 PM

Jason Hensley (3962) wrote:

A damp cloth won't hurt your guitar. Standing water will.

Jay

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1/18/2002 1:00 PM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

I sweat quite a bit as I play, so, my measures are a bit different for cleaning rosewood. I use steel wool to get off grime (go with the grain), and then use a soft cloth sprayed with ORANGE-GLO WOOD CLEANER, and wipe it into the wood. REALLY brings the fretboard back to a beautiful luster & it treats the wood also.

By this time, I usually have to polish the frest as well, so, for that I'll use the "Stew-Mac" fretboard protectors, and polish each fret with WENOL or SIMICHROME. When I'm done doing this, each one of my guitars play like a DREAM!

Chris


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1/18/2002 2:52 PM

Paul Stelzmann (340) wrote:

The technique I use to clean fretboards is to first loosen the dirt and grime with a square of the finest (600grade) sandpaper you can find. I then used to wipe off the fretspaces with a cloth treated with isopropyl alcohol. This initially gives the wood a 'dried' and slightly bleached appearance which goes away after a couple of hours of play. Now I wipe the fretspaces with the cloth dampened with water or Martin guitar cleaning fluid.

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1/20/2002 6:09 AM

Alan Roberts (10065) wrote:

Another good cleaning fluid is Naptha(lighter fluid).Just dampen a small rag with it and wipe the whole fretboard down.After you finish you might want to apply a few drops of Lemon Oil.
Peace,
Alan



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1/20/2002 8:41 AM

Greg Jones (1630) wrote:

you forgot to mention to keep the guitar away from all fire and sparks unless you want it to catch fire.

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1/24/2002 9:56 PM

Greg Waters (70) wrote:

A soft cloth and"Lemon Oil".Apply a few drops of Lemon Oil on cloth(wash cloth)and then wipe the guitar fretboard.This keeps the Rosewood"moist".Do not use lemon oil on"maple"necks.And make sure the Lemon oil does not contain a"wax",ie Furniture polish.Go to a hardware store and buy'Formbeys"
Greg, IUMA.COM(GW)

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1/24/2002 10:28 PM

Mike Sarafinas (326) wrote:

what about pao ferro? it's kinda in between maple and rosewood...the lemon oil didn't seem to harm it,but im wondering if maybe i should stear clear of long termuse because it is a hard, dense wood