Cleaning Rosewood Fret Board

How to Clean a Rosewood Fret board

 Rosewood is the most common guitar fret board wood in use today. It imparts a dark, bad-boy sound to electric guitars and a rich, mellow tone to acoustic guitars. Rosewood feels smooth to the fingers and has a pleasing, reddish-amber tint with tight, straight grain patterns. Rosewood is naturally oily, which makes it supple and durable. Over time, dirt will appear between the frets, but it’s easy to remove with some lemon oil.

1)  Remove the strings from the guitar and discard them. Once you remove guitar strings you might as well replace them. Here are a few ideas for some new strings.

2)  Now is when you need to inspect the fretboard. If it has major finger build up and grime then you should scrub it down with 0000 steel wool (use 0000 steel wool as anything else may be too aggressive). Make sure you scrub with the grain. If you go against the grain it will scratch, but going with the grain afterwards will remove the scratches. Running the 0000 steel wool over the frets will also polish them.

3)  Once the fret board has its initial cleaning pour two tablespoons of lemon oil onto a soft cloth. Wipe the lemon oil on the fret board and let it sit on the rosewood for about 15 minutes.

4)  Wipe off the oil, but leave the fret board looking wet. Begin scrubbing between the frets with the dampened cloth. Scrub for about 30 seconds and then check  to see if the rosewood is clean. If not, keep scrubbing in 30-second intervals.

5)  Finish by wiping all excess oil off the rosewood with a soft dry cloth

6)  Install some new strings and you will be shredding in no time.

Most Ebony and Rosewood fret boards are unpainted and can be brought back to an almost new condition quite easily. Here are some oils you can check out.

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