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Old April 8th, 2007, 04:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How to darken a part of rosewood fingerboard?

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I have a brand new telecaster with rosewood fingerboard. The problem as seen on picture is, that there is a light line in the finish - as if there the finish was applied in smaller amount or didn't stick. Ant ideas how to correct this problem - the rest of fingerboard is just as it should be - nice darker brown color?

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Old April 8th, 2007, 05:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Watco Danish Oil applied with a Q-Tip would do the job.

http://www.rustoleum.com/product.asp...t_id=112&SBL=1

Someone suggested it to darken to whole fingerboard, and it worked very well for me too.

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Old April 8th, 2007, 05:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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But why darken the line? I think it looks cool. Rosewood fingerboards with a uniform colour are a little boring, IMO.
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But why darken the line? I think it looks cool. Rosewood fingerboards with a uniform colour are a little boring, IMO.
hm ... it is just one line that is pronounced ... that what is bothering me ... I would rather have uniform color ;)
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I like it the way it is, it looks like real wood as opposed to a dark brown slab of "could be anything".
I once darkened one of mine many years ago then later I looked at photos of it when I first bought it and it looked great...real wood.
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Old April 8th, 2007, 05:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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- as if there the finish was applied in smaller amount or didn't stick.
A rosewood board isn't finished in the usual sense of the word, just polished, and the light lines are in fact wood grain patterns. Some pieces of wood have more visible grain than others, and personally I doubt that you can do much about it. (Except using color on it). But you can always try what gtech suggests.

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I like it the way it is, it looks like real wood as opposed to a dark brown slab of "could be anything".
I once darkened one of mine many years ago then later I looked at photos of it when I first bought it and it looked great...real wood.
+1. My Tele has a few lines on the fretboard. My cheap Harley Benton bass doesn't. And I bet it's not rosewood what's on its fretboard.
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Old April 8th, 2007, 06:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Gee...the figure in the rosewood is what gives the guitar its unique appearance. Let it be...eventually the rosewood will darken through the natural oils and grime that you put on the fretboard by daily playing.
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Old April 8th, 2007, 06:24 AM   #9 (permalink)
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If my fingerboard seems "dry", I will add a light coating of pure raw linseed oil with a cotton swab. I will let it sit for a minute, then buff off the excess with a paper towell. My jar of oil would probably handle 100,000 guitars. You dont need much at all! I only do this once a year max. Don't over do it because it can damage the fingerboard if it becomes over saturated.

You wll also darken the darker portion of the board with the oil. That fingerboard is nice the way it looks now. Don't think about staining it!
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Excuse me if I'm being totally ignorant, but would the correct shade of boot polish do the job? I've got a Squier std with a very light rosewood board and was thinking of using it to darken that board.
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thanks for all suggestions ... you are right. It is the 2nd day I have guitar (CIJ) - and I am probably just not used to it - I is finely crafted guitar with great sound ... it would be unfortunate if I did something wrong in haste.
take care and greetings from slovenia
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Old April 8th, 2007, 09:54 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Leave it alone. It's part of that particular guitar's unique character.
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read "the birthmark" by hawthorne before continuing
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I have some that are less evenly colored and some that are lighter than others. I've come to appreciate each for its unique character.

I reckon I'm more tolerant of light colored fretboards, maple and rosewood both, than many other folks. The only one that distracts me due to its color is the Affinity Tele Special pale maple board paired with the dark butterscotch body. And I think I might find the neck color okay if the body color was not so dark.
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Play it everyday for 2 hours for ten years, itll darken naturally
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Play it everyday for 2 hours for ten years, itll darken naturally
exactly
i have experimented extensively in darkening a light rosewood board i have on a guitar i love,

-stain, polish, various oils-nothing really does it, nothing really looks natural -play it and itll have a beautiful patina and darken-use bore oil once in a great while-

btw rosewood , as noted above, has stripes, love it for what it IS not what it isnt
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Old April 9th, 2007, 07:45 PM   #17 (permalink)
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The only thing to put on it is Gerlitz Fingerboard Honey...best oil for guitar fingerboards out there. Then just play..and play...and play....and play. Wake up and repeat.
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Old April 9th, 2007, 11:46 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Go to http://www.stewmac.com

Stewart MacDonald sells a stain for doing just what you want to do. It is a fast drying stain that will even out the tones in the rosewood. Use a second application to go darker. Then buy (also from them) a bottle of fretboard
"conditioner." It's an oil-based product, also fast drying that you can apply each time you change your strings.
It will keep the unfinished wood from becomming brittle
and wearing from use. I've never used the stain, but I use the consitioner religiously. It's a very good product. And those guys don't sell stuff that doesn't work. They pu a lot of time into the products, and I've been satisfied with all the products I've bought from them.
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