Posting questions and oiling your fretboard

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Swany, Oct 30, 2020.

  1. Swany

    Swany Squier Talker

    Mar 16, 2020
    two questions as I am not squier-talk literate yet.

    Except for new member introductions thread, how do you post new questions?

    Secondly, I have a new Bullet Telecaster about 9 months old. Do I have to change the strings in order to oil the fretboard properly? I can do both, just wondering if it is ok to oil it without changing strings. If I wipe it thoroughly wil any oil damage the strings.

    Sorry for the newbie questions. Thanks,

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  2. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2009
    Swanton Ohio
    Welcome a board..Before you oil the fretboard it would be wise to remove the strings and clean it..A tooth brush works well for that..
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  3. SubSailer671

    SubSailer671 Squier Talk Member ‎‎‎‎‏‏‎ ‎

    Hello and welcome!

    It is a good idea to remove the strings before oiling the fretboard. You do need to take some care not to overdo it--too much oiling can damage a guitar. Many folks never use it. I use it about once a year, and usually wait for a string change to do it.

    To post a new question, select a forum and look to the top right of the page. There is a button there called "Post New Thread." Click that and off you go. I use a computer for this forum-you may have a different experience on a phone.
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  4. Big tuna

    Big tuna Dr. Squier Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2014
    east Tn
    If you don't want to remove the strings you just put your conditioner on a paper towel and run it under the strings then go back and remove excess. They make a small wipe i think it's Ernie Ball for about a dollar a pack that is good. I do it all the time if it hurts the strings i can't tell any difference.
  5. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer ^^ Doing what I do best^^ Silver Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2018
    RC addiction....
  6. corn

    corn Squier-holic

    Feb 27, 2013
    San Diego
    Your wife’s toothbrush works even better:p
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  7. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Dr. Squier

    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    If it's only 9 months old and you have kept it very clean ,you could put a lemon oil on it an probably be ok.

    If it's dirty though ,you need to clean it first ;)
  8. DougMen

    DougMen Squier-holic

    Jun 8, 2017
    Honolulu, HI
    I use the Dunlop 65 lemon oil, which has a built-in applicator, without taking off the strings, and then I just wipe off the excess with a paper towel, and I've never noticed any negative effect on the strings.
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  9. Loin Lover

    Loin Lover Squier-holic

    Jul 26, 2018
    Backwoods, USA
    Welcome to ST.

    There are many categories, such as tech talk, Squier Stratocaster, other guitars, etc. Select the appropriate one and "create thread" for questions, comments, and pics. We love pics. Hint hint.
  10. gmt124

    gmt124 Squier-Meister

    Aug 11, 2019
    Wales, UK
    Hi Swany and welcome aboard the ST, enjoy your time here.
  11. jtees4

    jtees4 Squier-Meister

    Jun 7, 2012
    I've been using lemon oil on my rosewood guitars since the 70' fact I still have the same bottle...AND I've always put a lot on, Before the internet, there was no way to know I was going to ruin my boards....and the fact is...I never have! So yeah, I oil it whenever it looks dry and put plenty. I usually do it with strings on also, I guess that's wrong too;)
  12. Jes Woodland

    Jes Woodland Squier Talker

    Sep 4, 2020
    Nottingham UK
    Lemon oil will not do any harm to your strings, but as has been mentioned, it is easier to clean and oil the fretboard with the strings removed but isn't essential.
  13. BlueTele

    BlueTele Squier-Meister

    Aug 29, 2019
    Waleska, Georgia
  14. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum A Psychopathic 6 String Collector Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2019
    Squier Town NY
    Ernie Ball makes some really awesome pretreated fretboard conditioner cloths.