- Sep 27, 2019
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Oil, at most, once a year. Never let it soak in. Wipe it off immediately. Use bore oil or mineral oil. Boiled linseed oil is a varnish. Don’t use it.
That’s exactly what I did. Now, a few days later, she seems to be drying out again. Maybe she sucked it all in to help the rest of the wood under the surface.My 2019 and 2020 necks were the same way.
Normally, I'm in the "less is more" camp on oiling, and NEVER allow the stuff to actually puddle or "soak in"
But on these three necks... Ya... I slopped on enough to form a small pool between frets, rubbed it in with my finger, and let it rest for a few minutes before wiping down, then repeated.
You hit the nail on the head!! It is a bonding process. I truly don’t mind doing it.My 2020 Flying V had a very dry finger board on it.
After three treatments of Howards Wax and Feed, it darkened up nicely.
I guess they all come dry, but doing the set up and conditioning the board is just a part of the bonding process that I enjoy when I get a new guitar.
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Watch out for Boiled Linseed Oil used rags thy can self combust.Too much oil is not a good thing also. You can actually soften the fingerboard glue. You oiled it, let it alone for a while now [like 6 months]. Then use "boiled linseed oil" once a year. Linseed oil needs immediate wipe off after application to prevent hardening but it's Best oil out there for fingerboards and cost like $8.00 a pint at Home Depot or Lowes. I use a light guitar lemon oil once in a while too.
This applies to any organic animal or veg oil, including tung oil, and even essential/massage oils.Watch out for Boiled Linseed Oil used rags thy can self combust.
I had an EVH Wolfgang once, No finish on the neck at all. If you didn't keep it heavily oiled. The neck would shrink and the frets would start to poke out and cut my fingers.That's all many of us did for many years.
It was probably the mid 90s before I found out I was supposed to oil them.