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ColorTone Fretboard Finishing Oil

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Preserves and beautifies fingerboards and bridges, leaving a smooth non-sticky feel!


Unfinished fingerboards and bridges benefit from special protection. ColorTone® Fretboard Finishing Oil keeps new rosewood and ebony looking good, feeling new and playing great. Restore a like-new appearance and smooth feel to sanded wood. 8-ounce bottle.

Pure linseed and mineral oils have been traditional fingerboard preservatives, but they don't dry completely hard, often leaving a sticky playing surface. ColorTone Fretboard Finishing Oil combines the nourishing benefit of traditional linseed with special dryers. 24 hours after application the wood is sealed and protected. The fretboard looks great and feels smooth, never sticky.

ColorTone Fretboard Finishing Oil works best when applied sparingly—a single bottle goes a long way! Simply wipe it on with a soft cloth, wipe off, and buff. It's guitar-safe when properly used: won't loosen or stain inlays, frets or bindings.

Be sure the fingerboard is clean and dry before application. Not for use on finished maple fretboards or finished bridges.

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5.0

Excellent refresh of fretboard

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The unfinished ebony fretboard on my classical guitar got dirty and a little oily here and therej just through normal use. My usual cleaning method was to use a lightly damp cloth or paper towel to wipe it clean during a string change. This worked, but over time the ebony began to look a little grayish. I resisted using a fretboard oil worried that the fretboard might start to look shiny. But, I needed to do something different than the damp towels. I trust Stewmac products and decided to try the Finishing Oil. I tried it on some raw ebony and I liked the results. With the strings off, my guitar I cleaned the fretboard with (4) 0000 steel wool and wiped it clean to get rid of the steel wool dust. Then I wiped on the oil per the insructions using just a drop or two at each fret. I did the final buffing with a microfiber cloth and the fretboard looked rich and dark again and, most importantly, no residue and no shine. The fret board feels the same when playing. The product does contain urethane and linseed oil which could probably build up on the fretboard if used too often, but I am guessing that those same compounds will last on the fretboard a good long time before the oil will be needed again.

5.0

Great stuff, It is actually "workable"!

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I have tried lots of FB treatments over the years. Even the same brands vary in results. Shelf life? Fresh Min. oil was still my go to.

Used as directed this stuff worked great on rosewood right off the flip. And with some coxing produced a nice old looking patina... very useful!. Stew Mac does it again! As always, try it on a small spot first to get the feel.

Ebony took some trial and error. After a few tries I found this method.
The ebony had to be very, very clean -as directed-. The board was dry from cleaning, so it took more than one thin application 24 hours apart.

I applied a thin layer to hydrate the board. Wiped off the excess right away. Let dry for 24 hours. It looks dull and cloudy here. I buffed the board to a nice gloss, frets too. Stared low, Like 600. With the grain until 6000. Up to 8000. One or two more coats of this stuff 24 apart on the glossy board. Buffed with a soft cloth only as directed. Looks like dry glass. The little bit of red grain looks insanely deep. Clean and super nice with just a touch of shine.

- I do love the look of 10 years of hardening and hand oil. So I don't just go scraping my beautiful black boards on a whim, but this is the best I've tried-.

5.0

Did a good job

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Verified Buyer


Just what i needed to polish up the fret board on Dad's old Gibson mandolin. Dried nicely and retains just the right amount of luster.

5.0

Superb stuff!

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Verified Buyer


I've been using it for many years and like how it absorbs into the fingerboard...I let it stay on for as much as a half hour before rubbing the excess off. Then when it's dried it leaves the wood looking like new.
I've been a luthier for 48 years and this is the best on the market.

5.0

Fredboard Finishing Oil

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The oil went on easily and leaves no residue after during and wipe off.

5.0

Only oil I'll use!

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Verified Buyer


This is the best fingerboard oil I've come across. Use it when your finger board becomes dry or as often as every string change. Some material can retain the oil longer than others. Great for any unsealed wood.
Dr. Jon's Guitar Repair

5.0

Best product for rosewood 

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Verified Buyer


Over several years of guitar work I have used fretboard finishing oils that come with guitar care kits, furniture oils, etc. This oil is by far the best I have ever used. Any other fretboard oils I have applied in the past, look great for a couple days at most. I took an extremely dry rosewood fretboard and after cleaning with Naptha and applying this oil, it looks great weeks later!

5.0

This stuff is great!

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I tend to scar the sides of my fret boards up by filing the ends of my frets at the last minute in a petulant frenzy because I'm having to do in the dark standing on my head what I thought I paid somebody else to do. This stuff covers all but the nastiest scuffs perfectly, leaving no evidence of my "craftsmanship."

5.0

Great Product!!

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I used this on the fretboard on my Ibanez bass, and it brought the grain out and made it look so much better that I thought I would try it on the body.....I love the results, what do you think? Highly recommended.

5.0

great product

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I really like the way this oil enhances the color of the finger board. The fingerboard also retains that fresh oiled color longer

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