How often do you oil your fretboards? I've gotten several prs guitars over the past year and the rosewood and ebony boards were extremely dry!! One was a pasty grey color when I got it, my question to you is how often do you oil ?? Personally I oil them once a month when I'm changing strings on my gig guitar it's about every 3 weeks.
I don't oil it too often. Maybe every 3 - 6 months or if it looks dry.
My Bernie was a touch dry when I got it so I oiled it a couple of times. my new SEC24 has a nice looking board on it but i'll likely still oil it when I change the strings.
I never oil / condition my fretboards... I play often enough that my hand oils and sweat take care of that. I do clean the frets with 0000 steel wool though. I used to oil the boards, found I didn't like the feel, and then realized I just didn't need to. It sounds like you have some extreme conditions to consider if the wood was gray.
I took a setup and maintenance class awhile back, and the teacher explained that doing this (oiling fretboards) could leave the wood soft / soggy (in effect) around the frets, so I'd say make sure you clean it up really well. I'd never do it to a maple one way or another.
Most fretboard "oil" is naptha based, which is great for cleaning when the thing gets dirty, but does nothing to "oil" the fretboard, since naptha is dry cleaning stuff. It may bring a little oil to the surface, or leave a bit of residue, but it's not like you're going to use it to actually add anything significant to the wood. In fact, you can't really add anything significant to wood, except junk to sit on the surface, or other stuff to completely seal the surface.
Some people think "rosewood oil" is the thing to use, but it's a different species altogether from what's used in guitar making. It's a relative of pine, and it's actually got the same active ingredient as turpentine. And turpentine is actually something that tends to break the cellulose cells down in wood. It's not actually good for wood.
I'm personally convinced that the less surface goo on a fingerboard the better, and that most rosewood doesn't benefit from, or need it very often. PRS recommends using a furniture polish to seal the board after cleaning somewhere on their product site.
Our hands do add a lot of oil to the surface of a fingerboard. I've got a 47 year old SG Special that's never been oiled, hardly cared for, and the fingerboard still looks great.
Anyway my strong feeling is that sometimes in our obsession to maintain, we can do more harm than good!
What about Lem-Oil?
Originally Posted by LSchefman
Most lemon oils are simply scented naptha. I don't know what ingredients are in the Kyser stuff, maybe it's on the label?
Originally Posted by Harker1440