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Generally, if you have a guitar that you regularly play and take care of, it's largely unnecessarily. Nicer guitars where the fretboard is made of rosewood and ebony, tight-grained oily woods, generally don't need it no matter what On the other hand, many of cheaper guitars, particularly those made before say the 1990s, have fretboards made of all kinds of ...


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I choose to oil the fingerboard and bridge of the guitars that I own, and those that I build. I find that it adds to the look of the instrument, and less so but still relevant, the feel. This is purely opinion/personal. I use a 33/66 mineral oil/beeswax mixture and use it very sparingly (almost as a polish). Mineral oil = lemon oil and I have used mineral ...


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It depends on multiple factors. When you store your guitar in a room that isn't too humid or dry, it might not be necessary at all. It also depends on the type of wood. You don't want to oil a maple fretboard. Rosewood fretboards can benefit from it. You can tell by the color of the wood when it tends to dry out. I've used Dunlop's product on my Fender ...


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It takes precision to place the nut at the correct location, however, say a guitar neck maker were to produce in many or mass quantities necks for a certain kind of guitar. That maker would not have to be concerned with the exact placement of the nut. The maker would simply add a fret at that correct location (negligible cost) then install a nut behind it. ...


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One highly recommended approach is to play things slower... much slower. Cut the tempo in half and try to play it all with just as much expression/emotion. This allows you more time to focus on each note a bit more and forces you to play each note with more intention. Once you really, truly nail it at a slower tempo, move that tempo up in small increments....


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Take lessons. The path to accuracy and speed on any instrument is the same formula. Years of methodical, slow, meticulous practice of basic exercises with a metronome. There are dozens of great books, DVDs, etc out there for developing technique. But they are all teaching the same basic thing. You need to get the movements in your muscle memory and ...


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