High humidity and fretboard

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  1. jmarlwin

    jmarlwin Member

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    Hi. I live in South America. Humidity here is usually 70-90%. 2 years after acquiring my first Gibson les paul, i decided to give it a general cleaning. After so many researches, i learned that conditioning fretboard is more of a rule than an exception. The rationale is to prevent cracking from dehydration of the wood. But most of you guys live in a place where humidity is quite low. Would you still advise conditioning the fretboard despite the high humidity in my area?


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  2. AdmiralB

    AdmiralB Silver Supporting Member

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    Depends upon the wood type. Maple (bare maple, of course) doesn't need anything; I would also never oil rosewood unless I was absolutely certain that it was dangerously dry.

    Ebony, IMO, is the only commonly used fingerboard wood that benefits from occasional oiling, and then only in certain environments. Yours is almost certainly not one of those environments.
     
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    I have rosewood fret board. Im sorry i missed that. So I guess I'll just clean up the fret board? No need for occasional oiling?;)


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    That's my opinion. Only in extremes would I oil rosewood; too much and you can soften the fret slots.
     
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    John Coloccia Cold Supporting Member

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    The only time I ever oil a fretboard is right after sanding it, and then it's oiled VERY sparingly. Newly sanded wood looks and feels goofy, and the oil helps make it feel normal again. Personally, I discourage people from oiling anything.
     
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    Guys thank you very much for the inputs ;)


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