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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by E5RSY, May 16, 2018.
I'm sorry, I just can't warm up to its color on the Classic series instruments.
I think then it looks like you are trying to pass it off as RW. I like PF personally.
Most of the pics I see look like the PF boards are too dry and in need of oiling. And, I have no doubt that after that's done, they'll look like a nice chocolately rosewood board, instead of like a grungy, dry toothpick. At least that's been my experience with the guitars I've owned with lighter colored rosewood boards. Fender could mislead people and dye them, but I respect them for not doing that, in the same way that Taylor doesn't dye their Ebony boards that have some light streaks.
PF is super nice. Try some mineral oil to darken, otherwise you could full on stain. But why? The natural streaking looks really nice, IMO. Once you get used to the PF you'll probably realize all the RW boards are boring and ugly, like me
I don't like the light-colored fret boards either. Kinda ugly in my view.
I'm sure that the wood itself, Pau Ferro, works just fine from a performance standpoint - it's the light-colored looks that some people (many people?) don't like.
Fretboards, for the most part, have been very dark to black on instruments for a very long time. Some of us are accustomed to that dark look and strongly prefer it.
Different strokes for different folks, as they say.
There are wood tints that you can use; you might try adding some tint to some mineral oil and applying it that way? I have no qualms at all in tinting a fret board darker. It's just a personal preference situation, that's all.
I don't consider that "trying to pass it off as RW" - all you're doing is trying to make it appeal more to you visually. And there's nothing wrong with that.
Nothing wrong with Pau Ferro but I have seen a lot of streaky reddish fretboards on guitars that would look better with a darker boards, especially the vintage style instruments with classic colours.
Custom Shop and Fender dye some of their fretboards to make them look in keeping or as part of the ageing process. There's no reason not to do that with a PF board if you prefer the look
Rustins Danish oil has wax in it so the fretboard won't be sticky, but they also have some tinting fluid that can be used with their oil.
you can preb the wood with the tint first, ore mix it with the oil
Sure there is! There's some different types of stains for this. I've seen it done with stain oil with good results. Fiebing's Oil Dye was the brand, but there's lots of others too. And non-oil stains as well.
I would just use some "restoration oil"... i.e. mineral oil with some stain inside... It can be easilly found in hardware stores and it can be "tuned" bay repeating the application with time.
Aww, you're not boring ;-)
Re: Fretboards. With the right colour body, the Pau Ferro can look quite nice. The few I've seen in shops though have all been drier than a witches tit.
My American Special (rosewood), has reddish, purple and brown streaks. I like it.
I love my PF coloration