I've had a sort of on/off love affair with guitars most of my life and recently I've come back to the two guitars I bought about 10 years ago with the intention of learning how to play properly at last and to get them both back up to a much better condition.
Yesterday I had my old 15th anniversary squier strat apart, gave it all a good clean and restring and now it's sounding really nice. My Washburn however is a slightly different story...
I have a 12-string Festival series EA30-12N, the serial number is 902352. It has the EQ300 preamp, which, I'm pleased to say works nicely. The guitar itself is in generally reasonable condition with one mark in the lacquer on the front that needs attention and various marks and scratches on the back, I may well have it relacquered at some point. It has the original chiclet bridge and the only part I can see that doesn't seem to be original is the top strap mount that I would expect to have been bone to match the lower mount is metal and not seated correctly. The fretboard markings are standard dots and appear to be mother of pearl. With the strings being so old it doesn't sound the best I've heard it but it does seem to hold the tuning.
My initial concern is that the guitar has been sat in a damp environment for around 10 years and dust and minor mould has appeared right along the fretboard. As the strings have been on for about the same amount of time I will be replacing those when I clean it.
Pictures are at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BzEFTg2gE_ijY0RjTE9wMkJjVUU?usp=sharing
My questions are as follows:
1. What should I clean the fretboard with? I have seen lemon oil online for treating and conditioning the wood but it will need something gentle to clean the accumulated dust and detritus off with. Any recommendations would be welcome.
2. What are the string gauges I should be using, I know preference is big thing with strings so if I say that on my strat I'm using Dean Markley signature series NickelSteel electric light gauge .009 to .042 and they seem to suit me well perhaps that may help. I do understand that an acoustic electric will have a much different feel to a strat and when it comes to string recommendations it's more the sizes I should be buying than whether there are any recommended brands, although I have found some guitars sound better on certain strings.
3. This will be the first acoustic I have strung, unless i'm missing something it appears I have go in through the front to get the strings in, is this correct?
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help with the above.
Update: The kind folks at Washburn have confirmed this is a 1989 Festival Series EA30-12N. Many thanks to them.