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Old 03.23.2006, 02:14 AM   #1
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Please, my guitar looks like it came out of a dumpster! The oils from skin keep contaminating my fret board, it is impossible to stay clean. How can I go abouts refinishing it with something stronger. I was thinking typical wood shit, tape over the frets, light light sanding, finish like normal. correct? tips? help!

i'm not talking about any body refinishing, just the fretboard itself, the neck doesn't get dirty anywhere near as fast.
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Old 03.23.2006, 02:22 AM   #2
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Hello brethren, Give thanks to the most high, Emperor Haile Selassie I. Conquering tribe of the Lion of Judah. Revealation 5 seal the judgement.

Just letting you know that I to am rasta. JAH! Rastafari
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Old 03.23.2006, 04:49 PM   #3
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Selassie I, blessings. But the I has not help for my axe. Praise HIM with no apologies! anyone out there in sonic land have some advice before i just fuck up my fretboard on my own?
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Old 03.23.2006, 08:54 PM   #4
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fuck, on the old board someone would have posted something by now....
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Old 03.23.2006, 09:36 PM   #5
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I would probably take it to someone who knows what they're doing. I wouldn't risk screwing up the fretboard.
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Old 03.23.2006, 10:34 PM   #6
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I'm not much of a guitar repair expert. I'm sorry I couldn't be more of assistance.
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Old 03.24.2006, 02:37 AM   #7
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Yr having fret problems? Then just bang them back in with a hammer. I'm kidding of course I agree take it to yr local guitar shop for some help.
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Old 03.25.2006, 07:42 PM   #8
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the guitar isn't worth taking to a shop. its a definite DIY kinda job
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Old 03.25.2006, 09:18 PM   #9
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is your guitar just dirty?

or maybe more? if so; what exactly is wrong?
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Old 03.25.2006, 09:44 PM   #10
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As far as I've ever heard, and if I understand you correctly, there isn't much you can really do about it except for wipe your guitar down every time after you play. It'll mop up some of those oils from your hand before they have a chance to goo up your fretboard.

You can use lemon oil to clean a lot of the shit off your fretboard and there are some other good cleaners out there that'll do the same thing and may even seal it a little bit. Ask at a decent shop and they'll probably tell you what to do.

If you're going to try and finish it anyways and you use any sort of steel wool, TAPE UP YOUR PICKUPS or else the little shavings from the steel wool will get in there and stick to your pickups. Obviously, if you're using sandpaper, don't worry about it.
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Old 03.25.2006, 09:51 PM   #11
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clean it then play with gloves....
my neck gets pretty messy because I sweat alot. I just clean it whenever though.
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Old 03.25.2006, 10:05 PM   #12
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I just let my guitars get dirty. I keep meaning to wipe them down with lemon stuff, but I just don't. I keep meaning to reset the intonation too. I really need to do that.
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Old 03.27.2006, 05:53 PM   #13
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yeah Lone Flanger, I had noticed that the popular opinion is to just let yr maple fretboard get dirty and clean it up every so often. but fuck, I've only had this guitar for a year and it looks thirty years old with dirt and oils ( and I dont even play with it as much as any of my other guitars) I was hoping to use a better finish so resist the oil build up or at least slow it down, other wise i'd be wiping down this guitar so much the strings would just rust off.
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