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« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2006, 04:58:20 AM »

As a Clarinet Player, with an ebony clarinet, I have used a specility oil jiust called "Bore Oil" . This oil is used to help preserve the wood, which otherwise gets a lot of saliva and then drys out. 

Any thoughts if this would be good for the ebony fretboards.????? 

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« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2006, 12:52:06 PM »

I use 0000 steel wool from a woodworking supply house that is free of oils and is supposed to not leave splinters like the hardware store stuff does. Boiled Linseed oil seems to work just fine for me.  I'm told that any cituis oil is bad as it promotes corrosion of frets.
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« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2006, 01:31:28 PM »

As a Clarinet Player, with an ebony clarinet, I have used a specility oil jiust called "Bore Oil" . This oil is used to help preserve the wood, which otherwise gets a lot of saliva and then drys out. 

Any thoughts if this would be good for the ebony fretboards.????? 

phill   :mellow:

Bore oil is what Seagull suggests you use on fretboards.  If memory serves, I think it's in their little car and feeding booklet that comes with each guitar.  I still remember the Godin rep coming into the store I used to work at and he mentioned that he used it.
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« Reply #23 on: January 30, 2006, 03:03:15 PM »

I like it when old threads like this one, from some 16 months ago, pop up again.  People really do read the archives.

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« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2006, 04:08:22 PM »

I've been using bore oil my entire "career." A little goes a looooooong way.
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« Reply #25 on: January 30, 2006, 10:55:27 PM »

I'm just curious.   Have any of you ever seen a fingerboard crack or deteriorate due to lack of putting oil on it?

Phil :huh:
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« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2006, 10:59:15 PM »

As a Clarinet Player, with an ebony clarinet, I have used a specility oil jiust called "Bore Oil" . This oil is used to help preserve the wood, which otherwise gets a lot of saliva and then drys out. 

Any thoughts if this would be good for the ebony fretboards.????? 

phill   :mellow:

Been using it for years on the recommendation of my tech and a luthier friend. Just a couple drops on a clean cloth during the driest part of the year when the pores are open.

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« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2006, 03:53:24 PM »

I've never seen bore oil. What is it? How do you get oil from a bore? :huh:
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« Reply #28 on: January 31, 2006, 04:16:21 PM »

Really don't know what bore oil is made from, but you should be able to buy it at any music store that carries band ( banned? ) instruments.
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« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2006, 01:11:51 AM »

12barBill....    try one less bar    :GRN> :GRN> :GRN>   or at least one less stout.   

Wrong kind of boar.  you need a tasmainian to go with the Blackwood.   :rolleyes:

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« Reply #30 on: February 01, 2006, 05:30:14 AM »

Okay you convinced me to try bore oil.    I found an old bottle of it that I used with my clarinet in 1963. (Haven't played that clarinet in a long time.)  The oil looked as good as new.
2 drops of the oil on my fingertip was all it took to cover the entire fingerboard and the bridge.   I left it on for 30 seconds or so and then wiped the wood with a soft cloth.   Looks great.

I'm still not sure that it makes a lot of difference in most cases whether you smear goop on the wood.  But bore oil sure seems like a good choice.    The 1/4 inch of oil in the small bottle should last me for at least 20 years!

Phil :rolleyes:
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« Reply #31 on: February 01, 2006, 12:34:23 PM »

And for those without a bassoon in the closet, boiled linseed oil can be got for $2.50/can at your local hardware or Walmart store.
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« Reply #32 on: February 01, 2006, 01:45:12 PM »

No ... wait ... that's a baboon in my closet.
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« Reply #33 on: February 01, 2006, 05:04:52 PM »

The difference is that boiled linseed oil drys faster. Raw linseed oil takes a long time to dry. Also, I used boiled linseed oil on one of my guitars and it overpowered the nice natural "woody" smell that I loved so much. It eventually dissapated but I think I would rather something less "nutty" smelling. Maybe it s just me but I rate guitars in this order.... Sound, feel, smell and looks.
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« Reply #34 on: February 01, 2006, 05:08:50 PM »

You get bore oil from sqeezing the crap out of a boring person.You can find them anywhere,catching them is the tuff part.They have the ability to put you to sleep.
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« Reply #35 on: February 01, 2006, 05:23:31 PM »

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What is the best way to stage amplify the middle two descriptors? :WNK>
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« Reply #36 on: February 01, 2006, 05:59:33 PM »

A nice condenser mic?? :GRN>
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« Reply #37 on: February 01, 2006, 06:57:38 PM »

Only if that mike smells and feels good.
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