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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Collin D Plonker, Feb 25, 2021.

  1. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Tele-Afflicted

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    Anyone else try this Mexican hardwood? I was drawn to the figuring posted on the StewMac site.

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    Looks good, right? Then I checked out some production guitars that use it.

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    Pretty cool, right? So I bought two slotted fretboards. In both, the grain was straighter than I hoped. The wood is pretty hard, but it doesn't take lemon oil as well, so it looks a little dull. I like it ok, but I would like to make the grain pop a bit more. What would you suggest? Boiled linseed oil? Nitro finish? Or something else?

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    I like the wood but it looks so dull. I had to take it outside to get a good shot. What to do?
     
  2. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Friend of Leo's

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    The wood has to be cut with the right grain orientation to get the "landscape" pattern, as it's called. Based on your fretboard flecks, you got an edge grain piece. I've worked a couple boards with very underwhelming grain patterns. You have to sand it very high to get it to shine up well. Also, I prefer an oil like Tru Oil or Danish oil. You just need one coat for the color to come in.
     
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    Still pretty. I like the flecks in your piece. Those should pop real nice if you sand to high grit and oil.
     
  4. Collin D Plonker

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    So how high would you go? I think it's at 220 now.
     
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    I have a Warmoth neck with a Ziricote fretboard that I like a lot. To be honest though I can't tell you much of a difference between that and rosewood. Sounds good/feels good/is good.
     
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    Try wax. I tried to oil it, but like you, just made it dark. But when I waxed it - lovely.
     
  7. Ripthorn

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    For something really hard, I go to 1000 at a minimum. I never go lower than 600 myself.
     
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    ^this. 1000 grit minimum. You can get those sandpaper packs at O'Reilly's or Autozone that have up to 2000 grit. Grab one of those and go through the grits all the way up. Some of the kits even have a small sanding block that works great on fretboards. The issue you'll have is that your frets are already in, so it's going to be a pain. You don't want to sand across the grain.
     
  9. Collin D Plonker

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    Thank for the advice...
     
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