Anyone out there know what specific fret wire gauge is used on Sadowsky guitars? I have an ultra-vintage S (#5600) as well as a semi-hollow (#A222) and really like the gauge used - it seems thinner than the jumbo frets that most makers seem to lean towards these days. I know Roger favours a tallish profile but not wide, for intonation reasons. Just curious to know if anyone knows what this gauge is called? thanks, JC
Though I have previously read forum posts elsewhere on the web on this topic, it would be great to get some advice from Roger and/or others about fretboard cleaning. It is the part of the instrument that accumulates the most grime and, after the strings themselves, is of course the part that we have most physical contact with (hence the grime!).
I would imagine there is different advice depending on the fretboard material and finish. Any pro-shop tips are very welcome!
Bearing in mind the grime that accumulates must be a mixture of sweat, dirt and, most probably, dead skin cells (yuck), I've always thought some attempt at removing this delightful substance would be desirable. Can this be done without excessive removal of otherwise presumably desirable natural wood oils or moisture? Most advice seems to be to use lemon oil or some such on a rosewood or similar board, but this is adding to the mixture surely - though I guess it also helps lift a little muck in the process. However, it also darkens and adds the oil itself to the surface, which can result in an undesirably oily feeling. I'd like to get back as close to the newly made look and feel if that's possible?
I guess the other issue is the technique used and method applied e.g. the type of cloth or other material used to apply a cleaning agent and whether or not you should only apply in direction of wood grain or otherwise. How, for example, do you get in close to the fret wire, where most grime accumulates? I have seen fretboards scratched or otherwise marked by attempts at cleaning which are presumably caused by these issues.
My Ultra-vintage PJ has a stunning Brazilian board and I want it to look and feel as good as it did when it was new. Any and all advice very welcome....