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Old September 24th, 2017, 02:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Care for your fiddles

How do you guys wipe down and keep your axes looking nice? Micro fiber? Old t shirts? What solvents if any? I keep reading how sensitive the nitro is. Lots of finger prints lol. And, how much lemon oil and how often? My fretboard is very light. I used the lemon oil last time I changed the strings. Just looks dry. Thanks.


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Old September 24th, 2017, 11:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just give a good cleaning whenever I change strings, that seems to do it. Nothing fancy. Seems like a good time to do it when some of the strings are off.
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Old September 25th, 2017, 04:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I give mine a good clean sometime after a gig when I change strings. I tend to rotate my guitars so it's not actually that often.

I may use a light touch of lemon oil. The 'experts' all seem to recommend using it sparingly
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Old September 25th, 2017, 08:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I use some lemon oil on the fretboard when I change strings. Then I might use Meguiars swirl remover to polish up the body. Now before you all reprimand me for using an automotive product on my guitars, note that the Meguiar products I use are silicone free and in the past, Stew-mac used to sell them to guitarmakers in order to buff up their finishes. They now have their own line of products but it's probably just repackaged Meguiars stuff.

Otherwise, I give the guitar a wipe down after each gig and then I use Gibson polish on a Microfiber cloth once I get home to give them a better cleaning.

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Old September 27th, 2017, 09:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I use old cotton socks on my guitars! Hah! They are pretty soft and are nice to my guitar's finishes. I wipe them down after each playing, and then wipe down the strings with GHS Fast-Fret string cleaner. About twice a year, I'll put a little lemon oil on the fretboard and then wipe it off, during a string change.
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Old October 5th, 2017, 11:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I just use Naptha without setting it on fire like Jimi Hendrix!

Once in awhile I use Gibson polish for the nice fragrance.

Also when required, I use silicon free polishing compound if it's hazy by the arms or lightly scratched.

On fretboards like ebony or rosewood, I just use linseed oil... it's cheap from the art store. Initially, if required, I apply multi layer of True-oil on fretboards that are too porous looking...apply till a little tacky; then wipe dry with paper towel. I apply layers until it feels and looks smooth. You can also use fine sandpaper while wet with True-oil. This fill in the grain and darkens the fretboard.
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Old October 6th, 2017, 03:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I just use Naptha without setting it on fire like Jimi Hendrix!



Once in awhile I use Gibson polish for the nice fragrance.



Also when required, I use silicon free polishing compound if it's hazy by the arms or lightly scratched.



On fretboards like ebony or rosewood, I just use linseed oil... it's cheap from the art store. Initially, if required, I apply multi layer of True-oil on fretboards that are too porous looking...apply till a little tacky; then wipe dry with paper towel. I apply layers until it feels and looks smooth. You can also use fine sandpaper while wet with True-oil. This fill in the grain and darkens the fretboard.


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Old October 10th, 2017, 09:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I could not really say.
I've got more guitars than I really need, but there is usually another on the way, and I've got 5 mandolins.
But there's not a fiddle in my collection.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 08:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I hope you don't have a banjo either!
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Old October 16th, 2017, 08:08 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Turtle wax high gloss non-abrasive polish on body and neck for 339. Finger ease on fretboard and strings. Detail brush for dust. On Satin finish Taylor same on back of neck and fretboard but soft cloth on body. Yes I use old cotton socks too!
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