I took a Vintera 60s Strat in a trade. I was never keen on how light pau ferro was. But this is actually looked an OK piece. Except....the first fret and a half....its very light. I decided to try and darken the fretboard with Montys relic wax. This led to a discovery. The first fret and a half is not only really light. But also feels like a finished maple board. It is totally smooth and shiny. You can't feel any grain whatsoever. It feels nothing like the rest of the neck. Could pau ferro have a part of wood that feels like this? Or could it be finish overspray? One theory i had is that fender dyes the boards and this bit is light because finish overspray has not allowed the dye to penetrate. Even when I put lemon oil on it, the rest of the neck soaks it up a bit but this part it will just sit. I've started to sand it a little bit with microfiber paper. Thinking if it's finish I can get through to wood. But if this is just a quirk of the wood I don't want to keep going as ill just keep sanding through wood. Totally feels like finish though.