Lefty Fretless 24' Duo Sonic with Granadillo fretboard - lots of questions

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  1. newuser1

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    I'm building a lefty fretless 24' Duo Sonic with Granadillo fretboard :). Should I put any finish on the Granadillo fretboard and if yes, what finish would work well?

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    How do I cut/finish nicely the pickguard pickup cavities?

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    'Granadillo' is a very ambiguous name - there are at least a dozen species sold as 'granadillo', so it's kinda hard to tell which one you have here exactly. However, you can try and wipe the surface of your fretboard with denatured alcohol. If you get a colored, oily residue, you're probably good to go with simply sanding it to a very fine grit.

    Kudos for your choice for this build anyway, sounds like a very cool guitar!

    As for the pickguard, the cleanest way to do it would be using a router - you can make an MDF template by hand and use a template trim bit to copy the slot onto the pickguard. If something goes wrong in the making of the template, you haven't destroyed your pg blank. Make sure you remove as much plastic as possible with a file before taking the router to it - plastic has a tendency to grab the bit and make a mess. For the same reason, make your template wide enough so your router is stable on top of it, and clamp/double tape/masking-tape-and-superglue it to the blank so it doesn't move.

    If you don't have a router, you can always use a file and some sandpaper. Go slowly, test fit your pickup covers regularly and everything should go fine :)
     
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    The wood database doesn't list "granadillo" so its hard to say what you have

    https://www.wood-database.com/wood-finder/?fwp_name=G

    the obvious suggestion is to experiment on scrap. It don't put any finish on any fretboards, even oil (I don't do maple f/b's) which do require finish.

    I've converted a couple of basses to fretless - are you going to put in any kind of markers or lines?
     
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    Well, what ever it is, I don't believe any fretboard other than maple needs finish, maple only because it gets so darn dirty without. I'm also one of those folks who don't oil fretboards, but I'm not going to get in that discussion if someone feels they should.
     
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    With patience, skill, Dremel to approach as best, and fine files to finish, presenting all the time the pickup cover to check precisely the geometry of your work... It's also what I do, Lefty mate ;) - here for a center pickup and a Jag plate :

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    Good luck for your project and nice job start, indeed ! :cool:

    -tbln
     
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    just remember any left handed guitar is a work of ART!

    very nice ( from a fellow lefty)
     
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    I'm not a lefty, but my son is. He is really excited, considering you can't really buy lefty fretless Duo Sonics unless you go custom shop ;)
     
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