Best oil for rosewood board

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  1. Captain HiTop

    Captain HiTop Member

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    I know this must've been posted loads of times, but my searches have proven fruitless (though lemon oil may be a suggestion :crazy ) . What's the best oil for a brand new and dry rosewood strat neck ?

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  2. Kappy

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    I like Roche-Thomas. I think it's like $3.50 for a 2 ounce bottle that appears will last me about 10 years. Leaves a nice lustre to the rosewood.
     
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    I like high quality cedarwood oil.
     
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    +1 for Fret Doctor.

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    Rosewood oil - available at health food stores in with the 'essential oils'.
    A small bottle, but should last a lifetime.
     
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    Here is my favorite - Dirt cheap and works great. Should last a lifetime across 50 guitars. Available in most grocery stores

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    I use Bore Oil. Another good one is pre-mixed Linseed Oil.
     
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    I was told by a high end guitar manufaturer to use light mineral oil. Supposedly that is what bore oil is. According to the same source lemon oil has a drying agent in it that is detrimental to the wood.
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    mmmmmm.. thats a new one on me. Learn something everyday! Thanks!
     
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    yup. me too....great stuff...smells like almonds or something...
     
  13. Captain HiTop

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    Fret doctor on the way . Thanks for all the great replies as always :RoCkIn

    Hope your next note is the right one :AOK
     
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    +1. Seems to me it's what came in the fretboard from the factory. :p
     
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    Thanks for the tip. I picked up a bottle yesterday for $6.99. Can't say it smells like a rose, but my fingerboards will like it!
     
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    Rosewood oil, used for "aromatherapy" comes from a fast-growing evergreen. Rosewood comes from a slow-growing hardwood. They don't even come from the same country!
     
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    Just because it is called Rosewood Oil, it is not a treatment for woods!

    You would be better off rubbing it on your back, or better still your partners!
     
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    boiled linseed oil
     
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    Would these suggestions be appropriate for an unfinished rosewood neck with a rosewood fingerboard? I realize that despite the wording "rosewood neck strat," most of the replies are made about the rosewood fingerboard (unless he has a strat that has a rosewood neck, which would be cool).

    But I have a McCarty Rosewood, the neck could use something to, er, clean it up a little... sandpaper? (j/k)
     

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