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Jul 7, 2020 - 12:38:46 PM
10847 posts since 2/12/2011

What's an easy way to hold the strings away from the neck to apply wood creme? There must be something I don't know.

Jul 7, 2020 - 1:11:26 PM

123 posts since 12/21/2012

I just slightly loosen the strings, lift them out of the nut to spread them on that end, and spread the other end with my fingers. Or you can make or buy  these thing-a-ma-jigs if you need both hands free.

Hope this helps! :^)

Edited by - Red Squirrel on 07/07/2020 13:12:15

Jul 7, 2020 - 1:16:15 PM

10958 posts since 6/2/2008

I'd loosen them more than slightly, lift them from nut slots and pull them left or right off the fingerboard and tape them to the back of the neck with masking tape -- a type with low tack so it doesn't hurt the finish.

Jul 7, 2020 - 1:25:01 PM

173 posts since 5/3/2004

About once a year I remove all the strings and do it then. Bob Taylor of Taylor guitars says fingerboards should be oiled about every two years. It's low humidity where I live so I do it more often.

Jul 7, 2020 - 1:26:27 PM

173 posts since 5/3/2004

To clarify, I change strings about once a month but change them one at a time. Once a year I remove them all.

Jul 7, 2020 - 3:06:42 PM
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123 posts since 12/21/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Old Hickory

I'd loosen them more than slightly, lift them from nut slots and pull them left or right off the fingerboard and tape them to the back of the neck with masking tape -- a type with low tack so it doesn't hurt the finish.


I absolutely agree. Sorry if I was a bit confusing. By "slightly" I just meant not enough to let the bridge freely move.

Jul 7, 2020 - 4:30:41 PM

10847 posts since 2/12/2011

Good tips - thanks guys. I like the once every two years approach - and treat the frets with all strings gone. Thanks again.

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