Cleaning a Fingerboard

Fingerboard Cleaning Instructions

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Over the years a fingerboard can be covered with dirt and sweat, and may need cleaning.

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You will need a polishing cloth, lemon oil, a tooth brush and 0000 steel wool (it is important to only use this 0000 or very fine steel wool and this should only be used on a rosewood or ebony fingerboard and always used only in the direction of the grain of the wood).

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Remover strings and gently use the steel wool to begin removing the dirt and polish the frets.

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Sometimes the metal from the steel wool will will stick to the magnetic pickups and tape that is turned sticky side out will help in removing the residue from them.

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Spray the fingerboard with a good guitar polish, like our very own Authentic Guitar Polish sold in our stores.

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Using a tooth brush, remove the stubborn dirt that builds up next the the base of the frets.

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Wipe off the excess polish with a clean cloth.

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Apply lemon oil to the fingerboard.

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Wipe off the excess lemon oil with a clean cloth.

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All finished and looking beautiful.  Repeating this about twice a year will keep your fingerboard healthy, happy and clean!

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