Neck Transplant - Improve Fretboard Finish?

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  1. Pat D

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    Transplanted this neck with a Laurel(?) fretboard onto my modded butterscotch Affinity tele. Killer!

    The original neck is too narrow at the nut. The Laurel is very comfy. Intonates much better. Seems like a better neck all around.

    Anyway, bending stings across the Laurel isn't so smooth. Any suggestions for polishing or coating it to make it smooth?

     
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    Probably just some fretboard oil will work. Something like Music Nomad F-ONE, or pure 100% mineral oil. If using the latter, make sure it's 100% pure, and doesn't contain additives.
     
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    I've used like lemon oil for furniture on my Rosewood Bullet Strat and it did well. I can take a pic of the exact type I got if you want.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I've used lemon oil (really mostly mineral oil I believe). The fretboard is actually smoothing out just from use at the notes I tend to bend a lot.



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    Dr. Duck's Ax Wax is what I've been using for decades, and chances are you won't find it at GC.

    One bottle should last you almost forever.

    Avoid lemon oil - it supposedly dries out the wood and does nasty things over time.

    Only oil the fretboard every other time you change strings.

    I keep a polishing cloth semi-saturated with this stuff around to run up and down the strings lightly before putting the guitar in the case. Removes the "human grease" and salt and acid from fingers, lubricates strings, and makes 'em last longer.
     
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    Sorry for a basic question: How does the fretboard material affect intonation?
     
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    I didn't mean to imply that it did. I was only comparing my experience with the original Affinity neck with the Bullet neck.

    The bullet neck seems equal or better in quality, plus I like the appearance better, and it has the whole point of the transplant, which is the wider nut.

    The raw maple fretboard was definitely smoother when bending the strings. That's the only downside I've found, but it's very subtle and over time will it looks like the laurel board will get smoother over time.
     
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    Thanks, I will look for it.


    Actual lemon oil would be very bad. Yes.

    I should have specified that I used the stuff they sell as furniture treatment which tends to be mostly mineral oil with some yellow food coloring and a trace of actual lemon oil.
     
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    My guess Is that it is the frets, not the wood that you are feeling. Squier frets will always feel better after a good smooth/polish. If you don't believe me, just smooth/polish a couple really well and compare them to the other frets when bending. Any Squier I have purchased has scratchy frets. They don't really smooth the frets before polishing them, so the buyer ends up with shiny, rough frets.
     
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    Yes, I polished the frets on the maple neck in the picture above. Very smooth.

    I do need to polish the frets on the laurel board, but the scratchy feel is also coming from the strings sliding over the grain in the laurel. The grain is large and runs parallel with the strings.

    I a lot less worried about it now than a few days ago, since I've noticed it smoothing out on the notes that I tend to bend a lot.
     
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    One thing's for sure, I don't think I've ever seen a dark fret board on a BSB. It's always good to have something unique. I can't say I like or dislike it. I'm not really a fan of BSB. But I own one. LOL. Well, I might like a genuine BSB better. The Affinities are kind of like Cheetoscotchcheetoh. Maybe? LOL.
     

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    It is on the unique side. Seems like I've seen it before, but haven't gone looking for other examples.

    And yea, this color always reminds me of butterscotch Dilly Bars at Dairy Queen!
     
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