Old English Lemon oil???

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  1. JBLesPaul107

    JBLesPaul107 Senior Member

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    OK.. I am sorry to start a new thread because I am sure this has been discussed many times before .But I am looking to condition the rosewood fret board on my LPs but before I go and mess something up hopefully you guys can correct me. I have read allot of web articles and posts about Lemon Oil. I found Old English Lemon Oil at Wal-Mart. Will this work or damage the guitar?
     
  2. shotgunlew

    shotgunlew V.I.P. Member

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    Thats what I use....
     
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    Adwex V.I.P. Member

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    I've used it a few times too, on my Les Paul, and my Ibanez.
     
  4. Weldaar

    Weldaar V.I.P. Member

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    I wouldn't recommend Lemon Oil for the fret board. Boiled Linseed Oil or Bore Oil seem to be the recommended oils for that.
     
  5. spacebubby

    spacebubby The MLP Princess

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    Bole needs to comment in here, he was using food grade lemon oil before getting some fret Dr.
     
  6. tomaburque

    tomaburque Senior Member

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    Howdy. Tom in Albuquerque here. I found this Googling "lemon oil guitar" trying to find out exactly what to use on my beloved '73 LP Custom. I think I found the answer in an instruction manual PDF at godinguitars.com:

    "To avoid drying out your fingerboard apply lemon oil
    on a soft cloth and then to your fingerboard. Allow the ebony to soak in
    the oil for a few minutes before removing the excess. This should be done
    with the strings removed and at least once every year."


    I oiled my baby's fretboard last night, wiped off the excess, and let her sit over night. And today she does look sexy. The ebony looks darker and shinier. I'll put up some pictures post them later.
     
  7. AstroCat

    AstroCat ★AstroBling★ V.I.P. Member MLP Vendor

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    you could use baby oil if you wanted to.
     
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    geochem1st V.I.P. Member

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    Old English Lemon Oil isn't really lemon oil, but mineral oil. Pure Lemon oil is an extract and acidic, not to mention expensive.

    Mineral oil works fine.
     
  9. randelli

    randelli Senior Member

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    I would not recommend garlic infused oil for your fretboard.
     
  10. 5F6-A

    5F6-A Senior Member

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    I'd only use Fret Doctor on my fretboard
     
  11. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    30 Plus years I have been using Old English Lemon oil! It is on many of your hero's guitars.
     
  12. lineboss58

    lineboss58 Senior Member

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    Works for me its all i ever use.:applause:
     
  13. VastHorizon

    VastHorizon Senior Member

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    Where can I buy these in Canada?
     
  14. LEFTY LES

    LEFTY LES Banned

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    Guitar Honey. Good stuff man and not to expensive either. Why take the chance for a couple of bucks man????
     
  15. Yogi

    Yogi Senior Member

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    Old English.. Isnt that a Malt Liquor? :laugh2:

    I just use whatever the stuff is they sell at the guitar store.
     
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    You can buy old english in most grocery stores....it's close to where the pledge and that kind of stuff is in our local grocers store.....
     
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    Thanks buddy! I'll get some later.
     
  18. kevinT

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    I hate to break the news to ya, but Old English Lemon Oil is nothing more than baby oil, with a yellow coloring and fragrance added to it.

    And baby oil is white food grade mineral oil with a fragrance added to it. This mineral oil is the same stuff they use in food processing plants to lubricate machiney. It is also used as a wood treatment to moisturize and preserve the wood of furniture, butcher blocks, fingerboards, ...it's also used as a mild laxative.

    It's also used to make your skin softer than a baby's behind:D

    Real lemon oil is processed and can be made into an essential oil which is used as a fragrance and food flavoring (pressed from the peel) . It can also be distilled and transformed into a mild solvent like orange oil. This process is more costly.

    Don't let the name fool you. The only thing in Old English Lemon Oil that may come from actual lemons may be the fragrance. Unless it's an artifical fragrance. Most fretboard treaments on the market contain white mineral oil as their main ingredient.

    The link below contains the MSDS (which all chemical producers must provide) that gives you a breakdown of the ingredients in their products as well as the hazzard ratings.

    http://www.monsterjanitorial.com/msds/cleaningmsdssheets/docs/48/4803/4803293.pdf

    Food grade white mineral oil is also considered a petroleum distillate.
     
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    Just make sure it's not Fake Old English Lemon Oil. Plenty of fake stuff coming out of England. Dodgy ba*@#ards!
     
  20. klohiq

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    take the chance? old english lemon oil has been tested more than almost any other fretboard product...i would wager if you bought a used guitar that more than 3 people have owned its had old english applied in it's lifetime either by the owner, luthier, or guitar tech.

    imo you are taking a greater risk with all these boutique mystery bottles you find online and at guitar stores.

    just my opinion. i oil my fretboard once every few years anyway. i dont really see the point in doing it all the time unless its really really dry.
     

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