Gibson's Rosewood Has Been a Disaster

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  1. 73Fender

    73Fender Senior Member

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    Ron Kirn has said if you must oil just get mineral oil at the drug store. Lemon oil is full of all kinds of stuff other than lemon and oil. I have used Fret Dr for years with good results but I only use it maybe if I get a new guitar with a light board and then only a tiny tiny bit. Usually I never treat them again. Some guys slather it on a few times a year and it can leach under the frets etc.

    Regarding the Fret Dr, it dawned on me after a few years that I have no idea what is in the "secret formula". I'm still using it on the very rare occasion, if it ever runs out I'd just get bore oil or drug store mineral oil.
     
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    kakerlak Senior Member

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    My luthier/repair guy always used 3-in-1 oil...
     
  3. Lemonburst R8

    Lemonburst R8 Junior Member

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    Ugg, after watching a special on De-forestation in Madagascar and how the demand for Rosewood and Ebony has killed off Many endangered species of wildlife that only existed there. I feel pretty sick reading people's comments on how there fretboards are not pleasing to the eye. No offense to anyone but we need to just stop and think for a minute. Lets just be thankful we live in the greatest country on earth where we can complain about such trivial things.
     
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    How about this one? No oil, 2016 ES.



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  5. PierM

    PierM Premium Member

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  6. Shadow Explorer

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    Dirty it up a bit and it will be like the one in the original post.
    The only thing wrong with the fretboard in the op is that it's not cared after.
    Do we know how that guitar plays?

    Soon enough there won't be any rosewood left to bitch about. So no worries.
     
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  7. Hope

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    I care for my things :)
     
  8. PierM

    PierM Premium Member

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    No. They are different quality.
     
  9. RayTorvalds

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    I noticed that too. The tops on ES LP's are often super nice too.
    Are the ES Les Pauls made in Memphis ?
     
  10. PierM

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    Yes, they are (were) in Memphis, so a different wood shop.
    Now they are closing and moving, so could be that we'll be getting same wood as USA line.
     
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    They are moving within Memphis, aren't they ? Just a smaller location, right ? So I would asume they will still use the same woods.
    Thank you for answering my question, Pier. I knew the (semi-)hollow guitars were made in Memphis, just wasn't sure about the ES.
     

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