There are so many varying opinions on what to use and not to use to clean a fret board. Let us start by stating that this product is only to be used in certain situations. Only use this on unfinished porous fret board wood such as rosewood. Never ever use this near any polyurethane or nitrocellulose finishes. It will deteriorate them. Also be very sire to follow proper cleaning guidelines before trying to use this product. It is not made from lemons but a petroleum distillate and if used improperly it can destroy finishes and loosen glue.
OK with that all being said let me tell you that there are very few alternatives to this product that I would suggest over it. It does wonders for cleaning the grime off of and out of the fret board that our natural oils and sweat leave behind. Secondly it provides these woods with an essential infusion of oil that they need to stay healthy. Many people do not realize that when a rosewood fret board starts to get that very open grained look to it or you start to notice an ashy grayness to it that it is in desperate need of help. Left in this state for to long the wood will dry and possibly crack causing a slew of fret board related issues. Use of this product is simply. Carefully apply it in small well placed doses, wipe it with one cloth, and then sop up all the residual oil promptly. It only takes a few seconds for the fret board to get replenished and done properly will ensure the long life of your prized instrument.
The only reason I took points away from this product is I am not a fan of the applicator. I would rather suggest using a linen type cloth to apply the product and clean the grime off before removing the excess. I find that the applicator can be a bit unpredictable and I would rather make a mistake on a cloth than on my fret board.
This is the industry standard go-to lemon oil. I don’t know any other brand or any other make to be honest with you. All I recognize is this Dunlop version. And I don’t know if there are others that vary too much from each other, actually I don’t think they do very too much from each other to begin with. However, why I chose this and stuck with the Dunlop is because of the ingenius sponge top! This is the absolute most perfect way to apply lemon oil on fingerboards or anything! It’s clean, sanitary and efficient! Lemon oil can be used in a variety of ways instead of just moistening the fretboard, I’ve also used it to match the tint of certain unfinished woods with others I find it’s great for such an application. As most people know, I personally wouldn’t oil my board everyday but maybe every string change to keep the wood looking good and to prevent those cracklines (seldom in white color) that you see. It’s also good for restoration projects if you’ve got old guitars laying around that haven’t been treated to well, once the frets are cleaned and the gunk is removed you can apply the lemon oil and get a really clean and fresh looking fingerboard, a healthy fingerboard is a good fingerboard! Also helps to remove the fake dye that some guitar companies put on their fingerboards to get a darker rosewood look. This fake dye is the cause to your finger turning black everytime after you play your guitar. Who would want black fingers everytime you play?! Use lemon oil, let it soak in a bit, wipe it off and repeat. Oh, yes and I used this primarily on dark rosewood or dark unfinished wood, it’s not completely necessary for maple boarded guitars and such as the maple grains are quite tight and sealed unlike rosewood and mahogany which leave a bit more to desire.
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Dunlop Fretboard 65 Ultimate Lemon Oil
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Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Not bad!"
Bottle with applicator lemon oil for maintenance of fret rosewood or ebony.
I use it for 1 year and it is also the first time I pass oil button of my guitars (rosewood). I must say that I'm rather careful and I try, whenever possible, to wash my hands before playing.
I know that opinions are divided on the use of such a product for the keys but I wanted to try. Do not use on maple keys.
He has done a very good job (cleaning) and restored a youthful look to the key of my guitars when changing strings. It should wipe off excess oil with a cloth after application.
The applicator is effective and saves oil. Besides, I think this bottle should accompany me for the rest of my days.
Good quality / price ratio and very good value for the number of applications / price.