What is this gunk that's coming off my fretboards?

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When I get a new guitar I generally wipe down the fretboard with Dunlop fretboard cleaner, which I assume is really just naphtha, when I do my first string change. On every Gibson USA, Memphis and Custom Shop guitar with a rosewood board that I've done this to the rag gets really nasty. From what I've heard Gibson doesn't dye rosewood, so what is this stuff? Sometimes it takes several passes to get most of it off so I don't think it's just residue from when the fretboard was sanded.

 

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polishing compound ?

found its way on the fretboard when the buffed the neck
 

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When I get a new guitar I generally wipe down the fretboard with Dunlop fretboard cleaner, which I assume is really just naphtha, when I do my first string change. On every Gibson USA, Memphis and Custom Shop guitar with a rosewood board that I've done this to the rag gets really nasty. From what I've heard Gibson doesn't dye rosewood, so what is this stuff? Sometimes it takes several passes to get most of it off so I don't think it's just residue from when the fretboard was sanded.

Just how many guitars and how new are we talking here?
 

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Just how many guitars and how new are we talking here?
Over the last 3 or 4 years, easily 10. Most were brand new. I don't remember any that didn't leave this residue when I cleaned the board. Most of what's on that rag is from a 2017 ES-335, but I got the same stuff off an R8 and LP Trad recently.
 

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Over the last 3 or 4 years, easily 10. Most were brand new. I don't remember any that didn't leave this residue when I cleaned the board. Most of what's on that rag is from a 2017 ES-335, but I got the same stuff off an R8 and LP Trad recently.
Hmmmm,most? Well,any previously owned are probably gonna have a bit of finger grease. Not all owners are as OCD as others....however,I have absolutely no idea what the hell is coming off your new fretboards. My ‘14 R8 didn’t have nothing like that on the board.
 

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the natural oils from the wood.

Dunlop will be happy to sell you some overpriced, re-branded mineral oil to replace it when your FB starts to look too dry
 
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Sometimes they dye fretboards in order to make them a bit darker.

When you dye a fb you have to wait some hours until it is completely dry, if you don't things like that can happen.

Another QC issue from our friends of Gibson.
 

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Sometimes they dye fretboards in order to make them a bit darker.

When you dye a fb you have to wait some hours until it is completely dry, if you don't things like that can happen.

Another QC issue from our friends of Gibson.
Not sure what you mean here. Wait for what? Before gluing on the neck? Installing frets? Inlays? What do any of those things have to do with letting the board dry? Assuming the customer receives the guitars weeks after final assembly, what does "not waiting" have to do with this? Thanks.
 

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Some of this stuck came off my 2018 R8, though not really as heavy as yours. I never get this from my 2013 R7, which I had bought used.
 

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Sometimes they dye fretboards in order to make them a bit darker.

When you dye a fb you have to wait some hours until it is completely dry, if you don't things like that can happen.

Another QC issue from our friends of Gibson.

Gibson dye fretboards, on what model? Not that I have seen!

Keisel dyes theirs and they suck sh1t. Many people complain about finger tips turning the color of the dye but chimichanga Kiesel thinks his stuff is the best, so live with the bleed.
 
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I have a hard time believing they're dyeing fretboards. You see plenty of light and streaky rosewood boards, even on reissues. Maybe it is just dust from sanding or polishing compound that had settled in the pores :dunno:
 

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Sometimes they dye fretboards in order to make them a bit darker.

When you dye a fb you have to wait some hours until it is completely dry, if you don't things like that can happen.

Another QC issue from our friends of Gibson.
Gibson does not dye their feet boards. Another misinformed post about Gibson.....
 

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I think its boiled linseed oil...it helps darken the boards....(but I don't really know) ...
 

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I've never seen stains on my fretboard cleaning cloths like that. :wow:

I use Olde English lemon oil or Gibson fretboard conditioner when I clean the boards on my 6 LPs. I clean/oil the boards about once every two years.

My LPs were built in 2005, 06, and 07.

I say send that rag to a lab for analysis and let us know what they find out. :dude:
 




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