Fretboard Finishing Oil

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Dan Erlewine applies a protective finish on the fretboard of a 1953 Gibson J50.

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Dan Erlewine: Fretboard Finishing Oil makes wood look great and feel great, as if you've played it for years. It makes it easier to clean too, because it forms a super thin finish that'll keep sweat and dirt from soaking in like they do on bare wood. That's because it's a drying oil. It dries to the touch almost immediately and completely within 24 hours. Plus, it doesn't seep down into or soften the wood.

By the time you get to the end of the fretboard, it's ready for you to go back to the beginning and wipe off any excess. A little buffing leaves the fretboard looking and feeling great, and there's no tackiness because the oil has dryers in it that keep that from happening. It leaves a thin hard finish.

I use it a couple of times a year on a guitar that I play a lot, and almost always after a refret. You can use it on bridges too. I just made this bridge and now the oil makes it look as old and venerable as this 1953 Gibson J-50.



Dan Erlewine

Guitar Repairman and Builder

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