Maple fretboard care ?

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Maple fretboard care ?

Post by Cloud-9 on Sat Aug 08, 2015 6:35 pm

anyone know what finishes were used on these fretboards by matsumoku?

what do you guys recommend using to clean the maple fretboards for the 1982-1983 model maple fretboards?

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Post by Meadows on Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:23 pm

I commend your attention to detail Cloud, welcome to the "man cave". You got a restoration going on there?, Wanna share the beans?

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sun Aug 09, 2015 6:51 am

'81 -'82 maple boards on the concords were different to the '83 onwards, much thinner and a lot less glossy, a damp soapy cloth should clean any maple board, though I do like to use a light dab of acetone on a rag to clean the scum off.

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Post by Barry on Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:05 am

The original finish was likely a thinner version of the urethane used on the body finish.
As you've just heard, the thickness and gloss varied form year to year.

I usually find mild soap and water with a toothbrush is enough to remove the fret poo from most maple boards. Don't let the water sit long though, wipe it dry with paper towels then finish off with a good quality wax if needed, and polish to a nice shine.

If the frets need attention be sure to use a fret shield and #0000 steel wool prior to the waxing.

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Post by corsair on Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:05 am

I still favour a toothbrush with a little detergent in water for really ugly fretboard scum.... the worn edge of an old pick is great for cleaning right up to the fret edges, too!

FWIW, an after market esoteric nut is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, and a great way to convert your money into someone else’s.


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