Is my fingerboard gonna wear out

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by mally, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. mally

    mally Tele-Holic

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    Would you guys be worried about this ?
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    Play your guitar. Enjoy it. Life’s full of things to worry about. Guitars shouldn’t be one of them.
     
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    Yeah I just took the strings off to Re String it and It looks a bit Funky Probably last me out !
     
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    No. Play it. Re-evaluate the situation after the second or third re-fret 30 or so years from now.
     
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    what are we looking at that is supposed to be possibly worrisome? All I see is a lovely fingerboard with nice inlays. Are you concerned about the discoloration under the strings? In my opinion, that is part of the beauty of a well-played guitar.

    If you want yours to look new forever, you might try rubbing your fingerboard vigorously with a fine-grade scotchguard pad dipped in a warm-water and dishwashing liquid solution. Dry with a soft towel or paper towel. Apply lemon oil.
     
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    how long did it take to get to that point? How many hours a day do you play it?
    I wouldn't be too worried. unless you bought it new last week :)
     
  7. Dan German

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    All I see is normal fret wear. Still a ways from needing serious attention. I wore divots in the rosewood of my Takamine until it was hard to play without sounding like it was scalloped.
     
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    I just recently restored my old '83 SG. It was my main guitar for about 12 years. Easily has the most hours on it than any other guitar I've owned. After having it sit in a case for a few years I was surprised to see the divots I had worn all up and down the fretboard. It's had two grind and polishes and the frets are practically non-existent. Still plays like a dream. When it stops feeling that way, I'll have it refretted and maybe replace the board. Until that point, I'm just gonna play it.

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
     
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    No worry, just play it.
     
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    Are you talking about the grime? That'll clean right off
     
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    Yes, your fingerboard will wear out eventually. No doubt about it. Also you will die.

    I would not be worried about that. Just clean it. If you ARE worried about it, you could try, with care, putting a little bit of cryanocrylate glue on the board, to minimize wear
     
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    This is why I keep coming back to TDPRI—the encouragement and positive reinforcement! :D
     
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    nope I play much worse
     
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    Yep... eventually ....but not soon!

    I use Dr. Ducks Axe Wax which is recommended by Martin. Harmless and highly effective on RW fretboards!

    it'll probably clean out those divots and make them less pronounced.
     
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    If you manage to wear out your fretboard to the point that it is damaged, then you are a badass man.
     
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    I had a 1956 Gibson SJ on which I had worn divots in the board the size of Crater Lake. Relatively easy fix though.

    As for taking care of the board, I use Fret Doctor.
     
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    Have never experienced fret or fingerboard wear caused by me. Been playing around 45-50 years & have developed a very lite touch. That being said, everyone's playing styles are different & some players really like to dig in.
     
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    Keep your finger nails cut short and that board won't wear near as much.

    I have worse wear on my rosewood acoustic fret board after 3 years of almost daily playing.
    Mostly due to having really hard finger nails and not cutting them short enough often enough. I let my right hand nails grow a little longer to fingerpick, not gross looking talons but just long enough to use some nail. In doing that the left hand was only cut at the same time so also had nails just above the skin. That's enough to wear a board out fast.
     
  19. Freeman Keller

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    With all that vine inlay it will be tricky to sand the board down when you eventually have it refretted but it can be done. Here is a Taylor that has been played hard and is getting a refret

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    I've had marginal luck trying to fill divots with powdered rosewood and CA - if the owner has used any oil products it doesn't work at all (and makes the refret more difficult).

    The wear on that guitar was a little unusual - its all the way up the neck and basically on all frets. You don't see that on acoustics - the owner says that she plays a lot with a capo. She also has moderately long nails.
     
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    It's called mojo.
     
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