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    How often do you guys oil your fretboards, generally?

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    Title says it.

    I know if it gets gunky and you do a thorough cleaning, which would be based on how often it gets played, but aside from that, do you just do it when you think it looks obviously dried out?

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    Just when they are dried out looking. I have one that I've used enough fret ease on it that it now never ever dries out. Also some of my guitars are gloss coated fretboard which don't need it. It depends on the level of humidity really. The summer down here I have that ac cranking and it just sucks the moisture out of the air and it can dry the hell out of anything wooden.
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    daily... with the oils from my fingers.

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    When I change my strings, but that is not as often as it should be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gtoboy View Post
    Just when they are dried out looking. I have one that I've used enough fret ease on it that it now never ever dries out. Also some of my guitars are gloss coated fretboard which don't need it. It depends on the level of humidity really. The summer down here I have that ac cranking and it just sucks the moisture out of the air and it can dry the hell out of anything wooden.
    Don't you need to clean it often because of the fret ease gunking it up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DM60 View Post
    When I change my strings, but that is not as often as it should be.
    So you clean and oil it every time you change strings? I mean, I do too, but I can go years (and years, on some) without changing strings. That's one of the reasons I don't oil mine more often, I don't want to have to change strings to do it. I don't mind meticulously cleaning and oiling the fretboard, but man, do I hate changing strings. And I even have one of those power winders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chili View Post
    daily... with the oils from my fingers.
    Is that why you keep having to build new ones?
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    Quote Originally Posted by notCardio View Post
    Is that why you keep having to build new ones?
    yeah, too many boogers on those fingers.

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    My first bass (1974) and first 12 string (1978) still hang on the wall along with every other one I have owned. The 12 string still has the same strings on it, as does the bass. None have ever had any oil or clever treatment. They've had a wipe when played live and got a bit sweaty. The 12 string, in honesty does need new strings because they're rough now with surface corrosion, but I'm the sceptic on all this stuff. I give the bodies a polish with what my wife uses on furniture from time to time, but no faddy stuff at all. I often wonder if these products attract grime?

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    Quote Originally Posted by notCardio View Post
    Don't you need to clean it often because of the fret ease gunking it up?
    Nope. The only guitar I ever had the neck gunk up on was my 62 reissue SG and it was never oiled. Sweat and skin cells seem to gunk more than the fret ease ever did.
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