View Full Version : Maple fretboard help
04-06-2008, 01:41 PM
Can someone please give me some advice on maple fretboard care and cleaning.This is my first maple fretboard and don't want to damage the finish or the look of the guitar.I have oily skin so just plain washing my hands don't completly work.I am looking for dual purpose fretboard cleaner/lubricant and string cleaner/lubricant that will not harm the maple finish.
04-06-2008, 03:54 PM
I can't really help you with the string lube part, I don't use any, but for my clear poly finished maple necks/fretboards, I just use a little Windex or other mild cleaner dampening a cloth to wipe it down, then I dry it with a dry clean cloth. (With all of the strings off while doing a change.) As long as the wood isn't exposed from damage to the finish, they really don't need much more maintenance than that.
I'd figure that if there is a string lube/cleaner you like already that is safe for ebony or rosewood, it would be fine on the maple, too. Just be sure to buff off any excess so you don't have it smearing around the fretboard. If it is a poly finish (as opposed to an oil finish or raw maple neck, in which case you will want to stick to a different care regimen all together) it won't 'soak in' except for maybe under the frets themselves. That would be a problem with any neck, of course.
KH Guitar Freak
04-06-2008, 10:48 PM
I just use regular guitar polish for finished maple fretboards...
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