Fingerboard conditioning

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Having read a bunch about dry fingerboards on new Les Paul's I thought I would share this you you guys.

For years I've used all kinds of oils from mineral to boiled linseed and while almost anything with an oil base will work this is what I started using years ago. I had picked this up at my local hardware store to condition a large free-standing butcherblock top center cabinet in my home. This stuff is great for conditioning anything wood and it works exceptionally well on guitar fingerboards.

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That is exactly the same stuff I use on fingerboards, it is awesome stuff. Just give it a day or two to dry after you wipe it off the fretboard before stringing.
 

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Sorta looks like Ducks Axwax
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Yeah, that stuff looks pretty good too. There are a lot of recipes for home brew wood conditioning, wood butter is another but I find it to be too thick, not enough penetration without the mineral oil binder. Some are using coconut oil as the base, makes your guitar neck smell really good o_O.
 

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Yeah, that stuff looks pretty good too. There are a lot of recipes for home brew wood conditioning, wood butter is another but I find it to be too thick, not enough penetration without the mineral oil binder. Some are using coconut oil as the base, makes your guitar neck smell really good o_O.
Yep, beeswax and mineral oil, boil and mix. Makes a great finish, I made a thread about it here a while back. There are a couple of companies that sell it for like 90 bucks for a small jar....Insane. You can mix it at home yourself. But thats more of a finish than a conditioner. It's an alternative to just oiling or waxing. Really makes a good figured wood to pop.

If coconut butter wasn't so damn expensive here I'd try it, sounds like it would smell great.
 

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I use big bends fretboard juice.

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Save yourself some money and get plain mineral oil from the Grocery store. That's all this is. I'm surprised they can sell this with a straight face.

$21.28 for 8 oz.?!?!?!?!?!

I just bought 16 oz. of the same stuff for $2.99.
 

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I mix a little Carnauba wax in my mineral oil, but not much. Hey, guys, the more you play that thing, the more "oiled" :) it gets.
 

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I mean, have you ever noticed how an often-played Gibby FB gets lighter colored the closer to the body it gets? And it doesn't take that long, either.
 

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Fretboard aroma therapy with Duesenberg fingerboard lotion....
Conditioning the board and relaxing for you at the same time.... containing rosemary and lavender oils :thumbs:
 

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Being new to the board conditioning game, I am amazed at how many companies are selling grocery store mineral oil for 10-12 times the price.

Big Bends? Straight mineral oil.

F-One? Straight mineral oil.

I looked at a few other big names as well. All garden variety mineral oil. Am I missing something?
 

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Being new to the board conditioning game, I am amazed at how many companies are selling grocery store mineral oil for 10-12 times the price.

Big Bends? Straight mineral oil.

F-One? Straight mineral oil.

I looked at a few other big names as well. All garden variety mineral oil. Am I missing something?
Nope.

That's a popular American business model. Repackage and relabel. Increase price exponentially.

Oh, and I almost forgot: Get a "celebrity" to say how awesome it is.
 

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Being new to the board conditioning game, I am amazed at how many companies are selling grocery store mineral oil for 10-12 times the price.

Big Bends? Straight mineral oil.

F-One? Straight mineral oil.

I looked at a few other big names as well. All garden variety mineral oil. Am I missing something?
I bought a bottle of Weimans about 10 years ago. I still have over half, and that includes my missus using it. $5.99 at the hardware store, for a 1/2 litre.

 

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Being new to the board conditioning game, I am amazed at how many companies are selling grocery store mineral oil for 10-12 times the price.

Big Bends? Straight mineral oil.

F-One? Straight mineral oil.

I looked at a few other big names as well. All garden variety mineral oil. Am I missing something?
I don't know about Big Bends (I do use nut sauce), but F-One claims to be made from a refined mixture of tree and seed oils, yet mineral oil is a distillation product of petroleum??
 


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