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Cosmin Lupu
post Jul 11 2011, 05:27 PM
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Some time ago, a very talented guitarist and friend of mine, told me an interesting thing smile.gif it may seem strange though.

'Mate, don't clean the guitar's fretboard! That dirt is a part of your sound!'

I never tried not to, but it stayed on my mind since that time.. What if the way the residues add on the fretboard, influence the sound in such a way that in combination with the characteristics of our hand and fingers dynamics, it contributes to the uniqueness and individuality of our sound as a guitarist? Crazy thoughts? biggrin.gif

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post Jul 11 2011, 05:42 PM
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I'm using this to clean my guitar:

http://www.pintunet2007.com/ML_Pinturet/DSC00169.JPG

It's originally for cars but my Luthier recommended it and it really works!


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post Jul 11 2011, 05:49 PM
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I don't know...but I just don't want grime on my fretboard.


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Sinisa Cekic
post Jul 11 2011, 06:14 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jul 11 2011, 06:27 PM) *
'Mate, don't clean the guitar's fretboard! That dirt is a part of your sound!'


LoL,no offense but that's priceless !! biggrin.gif

Or maybe he was trying to tell you that you are dirty player ,hehehehe...


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post Jul 11 2011, 07:11 PM
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My first guitar has a maple fretboard and when I started out I never really put much effort into cleaning the neck. Eventually my finger gunk ate through the satin finish in certain areas and stained the wood.

Personally, I like it on that particular guitar for two reasons:

1.) It actually looks rad on that guitar - sort of a 'I've been through hell' look.
2.) A reminder to clean the fretboards of my guitars from that point on tongue.gif
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post Jul 11 2011, 07:37 PM
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QUOTE (Sinisa Cekic @ Jul 11 2011, 06:14 PM) *
LoL,no offense but that's priceless !! biggrin.gif

Or maybe he was trying to tell you that you are dirty player ,hehehehe...



ahaha biggrin.gif


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post Jul 12 2011, 02:17 PM
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I have to admit biggrin.gif I raised the ball and allowed Sinisa to kick as strong as possible tongue.gif biggrin.gif


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post Jul 12 2011, 03:13 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jul 11 2011, 06:27 PM) *
'Mate, don't clean the guitar's fretboard! That dirt is a part of your sound!'


Let me guess, he likes grunge laugh.gif

I keep my hands clean, so my fretboards remain mostly clean too cool.gif
I always wipe the strings with a cloth after playing. That's all.

Oh, and on my SG I try to remember to use an ernie ball wonder wipe once a year, but only to avoid the rosewood getting too dry. Which, by the way, I didn't do this year laugh.gif


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post Jul 12 2011, 03:19 PM
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QUOTE (Fran @ Jul 12 2011, 02:13 PM) *
Let me guess, he likes grunge laugh.gif

I keep my hands clean, so my fretboards remain mostly clean too cool.gif
I always wipe the strings with a cloth after playing. That's all.

Oh, and on my SG I try to remember to use an ernie ball wonder wipe once a year, but only to avoid the rosewood getting too dry. Which, by the way, I didn't do this year laugh.gif


Wonder wipe? Never heard of that biggrin.gif


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post Jul 12 2011, 03:28 PM
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Yeah, they are like toweld with lemon oil. Good for rosewood necks.


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post Jul 12 2011, 05:01 PM
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It's the glue that holds it together, isn't it??? laugh.gif


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post Jul 12 2011, 06:45 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jul 11 2011, 11:27 AM) *
Some time ago, a very talented guitarist and friend of mine, told me an interesting thing smile.gif it may seem strange though.

'Mate, don't clean the guitar's fretboard! That dirt is a part of your sound!'

I never tried not to, but it stayed on my mind since that time.. What if the way the residues add on the fretboard, influence the sound in such a way that in combination with the characteristics of our hand and fingers dynamics, it contributes to the uniqueness and individuality of our sound as a guitarist? Crazy thoughts? biggrin.gif


Got a good chuckle out of that one smile.gif I guess old strings and bad intonation could be "Part of ones sound" as well! smile.gif Seriously folks, clean your fretboard from time to time. Some lemon oil will do a nice job and keep the wood in decent shape. If there is a ton of grunge you might needs some type of brilo pad (like a sponge made from aluminum wire) to scrape the gunk off.


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post Jul 12 2011, 08:35 PM
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I clean my guitar frets every time I put new strings on.

I use old plastic (credit)card and an old toothbrush for wiping the crap out.


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post Jul 12 2011, 09:31 PM
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There's not getting away from the fact that it's finger poo.....

I probably clean the frets about once or twice a year huh.gif

I know, it's bad......


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post Jul 12 2011, 09:59 PM
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Strange ..never have any filth on my guitars. Maybe my roadies clean them wink.gif laugh.gif

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post Jul 12 2011, 11:25 PM
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My guitar gets dirty so quick...I guess it's because I have such sweaty hands. Usually the guy who sets my guitar cleans them and he does a really good job. Around every 6 months or so


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post Jul 13 2011, 12:45 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jul 12 2011, 04:31 PM) *
There's not getting away from the fact that it's finger poo.....

I probably clean the frets about once or twice a year huh.gif

I know, it's bad......


Wow, I do mine like once a week laugh.gif
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post Jul 13 2011, 08:20 PM
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I don't do it very often. It's rare for me to strip the strings and clean it in full...

I did find out one trick how to clean my bass strings and keep the fresh - GHS Fast Fret smile.gif
1. Just wipe it on (and don't wipe the excess off like it says in the manual)
2. Leave it over night
3. Tomorrow enjoy the new strings sound again smile.gif


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post Jul 13 2011, 09:32 PM
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I kinda dislike the 'greasy' feeling left after using the fastfret smile.gif


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post Jul 13 2011, 09:41 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jul 13 2011, 10:32 PM) *
I kinda dislike the 'greasy' feeling left after using the fastfret smile.gif


Yeah - me too. But I kinda got used to it. Also, it's barely noticeable the day after. I never play right after application rather let it "dry" smile.gif


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