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John Cellario

Oiling an ebony neck...

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With my six month old Sandberg, I received a bottle of wood oil, which I can use to treat the unvarnished back of the neck, but how do I go about using it on the fretboard without gungeing up the strings? I don't want to slacken off the string tension in case this affects the action. I read somewhere, ebony wood needs virtually no looking after regarding using oils.

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Taking off the strings is the way. Something is wrong with the bass if this effects the action when you put them back as they were (or the strings are long past their best).

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If the supplied oil is for treating an unfinished neck it's probably something like gunstock oil & won't be suitable for using on a fingerboard.

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[quote name='RhysP' timestamp='1383492652' post='2264987']
If the supplied oil is for treating an unfinished neck it's probably something like gunstock oil & won't be suitable for using on a fingerboard.
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Gunstock oil is great for maple fretboards, even rosewood. Ebony should need very little looking after.
Gunstock WAX goes on the back of an unvarnished neck only.
If the supplied oil says to use it on the back only, use it on the back only ;)

Edited by Bolo

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