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Howard's Feed-N-Wax on Unfinished Ebony Fingerboard?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BBG4SII, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. BBG4SII


    Feb 27, 2009
    I have a Tony Franklin Fretless. The ebony on the fingerboard is unfinished. I would like to apply something on the fingerboard to help protect it. Can this product be used for this application and is it a good choice?
  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Good question my martin has an ebony board also I'm curious also.
  3. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP C.S. Supporting Member

    I use it all the time on my boards but many will say it is too waxy. Boiled linseed oil works wonders as well IME.
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    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

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  6. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    Thanks. I've got a wear spot on my 30 year old Distillate that I'd like to cover up. Does that linseed stuff blend in well over a poly finish?
  7. gebass6

    gebass6 We're all not trying to play the same music! Supporting Member

    May 3, 2009
    I have two TWB63 basses.Both are unpainted but sealed wood bodies.Ovangkol and Walnut.I use Howard's all over both of my basses whenever I put on new strings.
  8. f64


    Oct 31, 2009
    Not to burst anyone's bubble here but I'd always been told to only use the thinnest of oils with no wax. I love Howard's, by the way. I use it on all my Warwick's and any other naturally finished body and neck, but not the fret board. From what I gather it's the bees wax in Howard's that a problem. Putting it on once isn't going to do any damage but a steady diet (4-5 times/year) will seal the ebony and that creates problems.
    Today I only use pure lemon oil or other compounds made for violins. One thing I use is called "Fret Doctor" at http://www.beafifer.com. I don't know if it works better than standard fret board oil from Gibson or Martin but the sales pitch sounds good. Ironically one major philharmonic orchestra here in NYC uses it also. That's where I heard about it.
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  9. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    Pure Lemon Oil, twice a year. I just let it soak in with my finger only, spreading it across the board. Then wipe off any excess after a few minutes.
  10. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
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  11. gebass6

    gebass6 We're all not trying to play the same music! Supporting Member

    May 3, 2009
    So what about rosewood?
  12. michele


    Apr 2, 2004
    That's the stuff Carl Thompson use all over his basses, fretboard included.
  13. f64


    Oct 31, 2009
    I use lemon oil or Fret Doctor on Ebony, Rosewood and all my Warwick's and my Rob Allen. I think the target is keeping the board porous and not sealing it.
  14. Teacher


    May 3, 2012
    Any and all paste waxes have solvents in them, and wax is resolvable. When applied correctly (in a very thin layer and rubbed in), the solvents will resolve the old wax and mix it with the new. Because of this, you should be able to apply as many layers as you want and you will never have buildup. If someone's getting buildup, they're slathering on too much and not removing properly. By the way, wax is for shine only; protection-wise, it is the poorest of finishes.
  15. gebass6

    gebass6 We're all not trying to play the same music! Supporting Member

    May 3, 2009
    OK.I'll assume the fact that it's beeswax and orange oil makes no difference.I'll check out lemon oil products.
  16. telecopy


    Dec 6, 2009
    Gerlitz Guitar Honey?
  17. Teacher


    May 3, 2012
    I should have written "as many TIMES," not " as many LAYERS."
  18. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    Zymöl Bridge.

    Primarily marketed to the orchestral types (e.g. violin, viola, cello...) I have used it on ebony fretless fingerboard with results that pleased me. A small jar will last you a lifetime. Basically a hard carnuba wax. Melt a small amount between the fingertips and rub in, then polish off any excess.

    I don't think there's much 'sealing' going on. I'm also not sure I'm buying the 'antimicrobial' properties touted in their current ad copy, but I like the product in spite of that...

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