2013 Gibson LPJ fretboard marks

joseph0284

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I just bought this LPJ a couple weeks ago from Reverb. The seller was upfront about every imperfection on the guitar including these: theres these marks on the fretboard that I would like to take care of. I have no idea how they got there and they dont effect playability or anything. This is my first Gibson and I just want to make it look a little decent. Thanks
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Are the lines scratchs to the surface of the fret board, or are they some thing on the surface of the fret board? In any case you could go from trying a small amount of lemon oil ( or similar) applied with a cloth as it might make scratches less noticeable. You only see the scratch because it picks up the light. Going further you could try some light rubbing with 0000 steel wool going with the grain to make the scratches less noticeable. You could, going further, try using a fine sand paper or a scraper. It's up to you but, I would oil the board and get playing. Put a 1000 hours on the guitar and the finger cheese will hide the marks, or they can be fixed at your next refret.
 

northernguitarguy

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That fretboard could use a little love.

I swear by Gorgomyte. Not a gimmick.

Then, perhaps if necessary, hydrate with a LITTLE lemon oil.

 

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Those are scratches and could have been caused either in production, as Gibson has been very sloppy for years in smoothing its fretboards before fretting and selling its guitars, or perhaps a previous owner was doing polishing or touchup. They should be easily removable with fine sandpaper/micromesh (do not use steel wool, which does not belong near a guitar, given the ready availability of better products for the same job). Conditioners will hide the marks temporarily, but they will always return in time unless you sand them away.
 

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I use the StewMac 3M polishing papers to remove light fretboard marks or scratches. Start with the blue 1200 and if it's not good enough then go back and use a heavier one and work back up again to the 1200 and maybe the 4000. These are also great for polishing frets that don't have heavy corrosion and polishing nuts:

 

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I use Fret Doctor, preceded by 0000 (4-ought) steel wool. Cover your pickups really well.
 


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