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Hi Sheldon, I know you recommend Formby's lemon oil for the fretboards, I have bought some on ebay, and i am still waiting (4 weeks now) for it to arrive and my patience is running out, I have checked on ebay and I see another type for sale, and it comes from the UK, which means I would have it in a couple of days, the product is Dunlop Fretboard 65 Ultimate Lemon Oil, if you or any other members have used this, please let me know their opinion or another alternative, as I don't want to put anything near my beloved AB11 that isn't of quality, thanks guys.
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My son uses the Dunlop 65 on his Ibanez rosewood fingerboard guitar and he said it makes the board nice and supple but a lot of people say it's not too good for maple boards. Frankly I use silicon free beeswax in very small amounts, it both cleans and restore cleanliness on maple, I recommend it and you can find it here in UK no problem

http://www.thedustpanandbrushstore.co.u ... olish.html

I've been using this for 20 years on all my maple necks and it's a tip that was handed down to me from a luthier friend of mine who passed away.
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Thanks GW, my fretboard is wenge not maple, does this make a difference ?
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[quote="johnbassdoherty":18j35271]Thanks GW, my fretboard is wenge not maple, does this make a difference ?[/quote:18j35271]

I wouldn't honestly know, my ABII is also wenge but I have decided not to use anything yet to clean it because it looks too porous and I don't want to risk it.

Best wait for Sheldon's view. Although I think wenge is more or less in the same category as rosewood and therefore very different from maple.

But... don't forget Warwick were some of the first to introduce wenge fingerboards and they also recommend a special blend of wax which they sell and market under the name of Warwick Surface Finisher Wax http://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/products ... nisher_wax
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In my shop I use a Dunlop product, but not the Fretboard 65 Ultimate Lemon Oil; this is much too thin.
I highly recommend the [b:q8tl8nmm]Fingerboard 02 Deep Conditioner[/b:q8tl8nmm]; this is very good.
Important: Remove all the rest after 20-30 minutes, let the fingerboard dry over night.

You should clean the fingerboard before applying the oil.
Dunlop sells the [b:q8tl8nmm]Fingerboard 01 Cleaner & Prep[/b:q8tl8nmm], but you can use something like naphtha as well.
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[quote="DeepDee":hvcbvs6l]In my shop I use a Dunlop product, but not the Fretboard 65 Ultimate Lemon Oil; this is much too thin.
I highly recommend the [b:hvcbvs6l]Fingerboard 02 Deep Conditioner[/b:hvcbvs6l]; this is very good.
Important: Remove all the rest after 20-30 minutes, let the fingerboard dry over night.

You should clean the fingerboard before applying the oil.
Dunlop sells the [b:hvcbvs6l]Fingerboard 01 Cleaner & Prep[/b:hvcbvs6l], but you can use something like naphtha as well.[/quote:hvcbvs6l]

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Thanks guys you've all been a great help.
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