Lemon Oil

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Ahnlaashock, Aug 10, 2020.

  1. Ahnlaashock

    Ahnlaashock Squier-holic

    Sep 21, 2014
    St. Louis Area
    I pulled out the Squier Series, and the fret board needed little TLC.
    The only appropriate oil I had handy was a product called Hopes Lemon Oil.
    The results speak for themselves, and the fret ends are now nicely inside the edge of the board. I believe this product caused enough difference that one application would end frets sticking out. I was literally shocked at how much difference it made on the CN2 Squier Series neck that had been sitting in a case for several years.
    I have no idea of what long term use might do, so I figured to post it here for discussion.
    I am trying it on other fretboard woods now. A Cort AD800e with mystery wood fretboard and Bubinga.
    Anyone ever use "Lemon Oil" on a fretboard?
    It says it is a blend of pure oils with no additives or solvents. It says it is non-toxic.
    If not, what do you use and why?
    Here is an ad, and I had no idea I had no idea what it cost until now. I have two full bottles of the stuff.

  2. ghostwolf

    ghostwolf Administrator Staff Member

    Dec 30, 2009
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    Basically mineral oil with some lemon scent added. Used sparingly, not an issue. Over-use may saturate the wood, causing eventual crumbling of the fingerboard, or loosened frets.
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  3. Chubbles

    Chubbles Squier-Meister

    Mar 6, 2018
    Philadelphia PA
    Yup. What ghostwolf said. Mineral oil is packaged in many ways. Fastfret is something you apply directly. There's sprays too. Lemon oil is mineral oil with a fragrance. I like this. It's readily available. (Only buy stuff made for guitar. There can be additives.)
    Don't use oil on a maple fretboard. It can damage it.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2020
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  4. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Squier

    Sep 27, 2014
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    I've been using the same bottle of Dunlop 65 Lemon Oil since 2014, I've probably oiled about 50 guitar fretboards or more with it.....
  5. ghostwolf

    ghostwolf Administrator Staff Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Admin Post
    Food-grade mineral oil is MUCH less expensive........
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  6. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

    Dec 14, 2018
    Saint Paul, MN
    I just use Mineral Oil from the pharmacy section.
  7. danzigdan

    danzigdan Squier-Nut

    Feb 10, 2014
    I've used the Dunlop for years. Upon recommendation I bought some of the Planet Waves Hydrate. That MIGHT be the best thing I've used on really dry boards.
  8. mofojar

    mofojar Squier-holic

    May 9, 2019
    Calgary, Alberta
    I really like that product as well.
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  9. Ahnlaashock

    Ahnlaashock Squier-holic

    Sep 21, 2014
    St. Louis Area
    I worked a temp job back in the nineties while between jobs, where one shift we bottled this stuff. My supply dates to then. Glad to find something it is good for.
    The man who changes most of my strings, usually lightly sprays and rubs the fretboard when he does. Because of that, I don't do so very often, and then only when a guitar has been sitting for a while.
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  10. 5ofeight

    5ofeight Squier-holic

    Nov 14, 2016
    Yeah, lemon oil or re-hydrate from D'Addario, good for cleaning maple fretboards to but wont alter the wood cos maple is sealed..works though.
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  11. MrYeats

    MrYeats Squier-holic

    Dec 28, 2017
    South Texas Coast
    Mineral oil.
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  12. SquierTap

    SquierTap Squier-holic

    Jul 14, 2018
    Nashville, Tn
    I've actually used Lemon Oil myself for a long time... Lol, and Pledge in a pinch, lol... But I've still gotta buy the requiered ONE bottle of Dunlop 65 per guitarist's lifetime, lol...
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  13. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Squier

    Sep 27, 2014
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    Best 3 bucks you will ever spend....
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  14. Caddy

    Caddy Dr. Squier

    Nov 29, 2010
    Another thing, Dan Erlewine recommends using it very sparingly and only when needed. Also says to not saturate the fretboard and only to leave it on for a very short time before wiping off. Excessive use can soften the fretboard leading to premature wear.

    Had my wife pickup a bottle of lemon oil for me about 10-12 years ago. She came home with a 16oz. bottle. After all this time I may have used an once or two and I have a lot of guitars.
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  15. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-holic

    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    My fave !

    One bottle lasts forever ;)
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  16. archetype

    archetype Squier-holic

    Let me help you with that search for "lemon oil" on strat-talk.com
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  17. Deepblankspace

    Deepblankspace Squier-Meister

    Sep 28, 2018
    Washington state
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  18. Dinomikesr

    Dinomikesr Squier-Meister

    Nov 25, 2019
    Just finished off a bottle of Dr Stringfellow lemoil spray after 15 years. Bought another bottle just like the last because I like the way it works.
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  19. beagle

    beagle Squier-Nut

    Nov 19, 2017
    In over 50 years of playing guitars, I've never oiled a fretboard.
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