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#1 isdavies

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:00 AM

Hi Greg, I hope you are well. I'd appreciate your advice.

I have a Taylor 714CE electro-acoustic that I bought a few months ago. It has an ebony fretboard.

On the guitar care sections of the Taylor website it doesn't say anything about conditioning the fretboard, but after searching I found that Taylor recommend NOT using lemon oil because it may damage frets and finish.

I e-mailed Taylor and asked what they would recommend for care of the ebony fretboard. They suggested conditioning with boiled linseed oil every time I do a string change.

What are your thoughts on this?

Thanks

Ian
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#2 Greg Voros

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:43 AM

Hey there,

I used lem oil for a long time on everything bare wood, but it is a bit strong. I now use Professor Green's fretboard conditioner for the last few years, its a lemongrass oil blend. It really is great, We all use it at Gruhn's repair shop no matter what the make or model, vintage or modern.


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#3 isdavies

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:08 AM

Thanks Greg. I'm not sure I can get Professor Green here in the UK, but I'll have a look. Otherwise, I'll look for something similar.

On a similar note, I got an inexpensive new bass guitar for Christmas. It has an unfinished maple fingerboard. Would you condition that too? Same stuff?

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#4 Greg Voros

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:25 PM

Use polish/cleaner on anything with finish, and a penetrating oil for anything unfinished.

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