Post Number: 4261
|Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 7:14 am: |
Last night I started cleaning up the body and neck of my recently acquired fretless Epic 5. The bass was built in 1995, and I suspect the fingerboard has never been oiled since. I've applied lemon oil to my guitars before, but never had an experience like last night. I applied several thins coats and each time the board completed absorbed the oil in a matter of minutes! Should I keep on applying oil until it stops being sucked up so quickly? Have I already oiled enough? Too much? Waddaya think?
Post Number: 632
|Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 8:56 am: |
I had the exact same experience with my 81 Distillate when I acquired her. I gave her 2 hardy applications. The first one as a scrub & cleaning and wipe off to remove the DRECK (dirt) and the second as a treatment. I figured that I could always apply more later if needed.I TOO am interested to know what others have to share about this.
Post Number: 481
|Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 3:37 pm: |
I was under the impression that you wipe off the excess. If it's being absorbed there is none. Do you keep going until there's excess?
That's the same as Bill's question isn't it?
Post Number: 29
|Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 7:27 pm: |
I've always kept the board wet with lemon oil for 30+ minutes, which means every five minutes or so, I wipe on another coat, as I see it has absorbed most of what I put on. That five string I just bought was not done for six years. It soaked a lot of oil up in the 40 minutes or so I treated it. I kept going until it did not soak it up much at the end. Fretboard is perfect now. Make sure you get it wiped 'dry' before putting the new strings on. You do not want any lemon oil on your strings.
Post Number: 2540
|Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 2:18 am: |
To add to Thomas's coments about strings, if you're putting alot of oil on the fingerboard, put the old strings back on for a few days playing - they'll pick up all the excess oil - then put new strings on once there's no more residue. It's a faff but worth it.
Post Number: 693
|Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 7:52 am: |
Especially on a fretless! (This is a fretless isn't it? I'm already confused!)
Post Number: 739
|Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 8:09 am: |
I believe that Bill said this bass came without strings, so he may be out of luck in this regard. Good advice otherwise.
Post Number: 227
|Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 12:35 pm: |
A tangential question, hopefully not taken as a hijack:
I have a fretless with ebony fretboard that also has small strips of maple as fretlines (kind of a cool feature, in that you can't tell there are any fretlines from the audience, as the lines are brown/wood colored and appear to blend into the fretboard from a short distance)...
Anywho, is there any known difference in the "lemon oil" cleaning method with regard to such small maple fretlines? I didn't think there would be, but thought I'd ask the experts.
Post Number: 2384
|Posted on Sunday, January 03, 2010 - 6:29 am: |
I have darkened maple inlaid fretlines, and I just oil the whole board. I guess if you had light-coloured fretlines, they might darken somewhat.