My fretboard looks funky, should i be worried?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by elBandito, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. elBandito


    Dec 3, 2008
    Rotten Apple
    Just put together a parts bass, and the fretboard on my MIM neck looks like orange puke. It looks worse in person than in the pics. It's too late the return the neck. What can I put on the fretboard to get it glossy and dark looking like american fender necks?

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  2. I honestly love the look of it. That has beautiful coloring in it. You could die the rosewood with a darker stain, but if it were me I would leave it. That board is really cool.
  3. That's actually a really nice piece of rosewood. Aesthetically I don't care for it with the red/white bass but I don't think there is anything necessarily wrong with it.

    You could stain it. A little lemon oil may darken it temporarily but the wood does not look dry in the picture.
  4. I guess you could stain it but I wouldn't. I think it looks cool also.

    I never knew MIA Fenders were known to have dark fretboard wood, or at least darker than their basses made elsewhere.

    Embrace your funky board.
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  6. elBandito


    Dec 3, 2008
    Rotten Apple
    I was kinda going for this vibe, but the fretboard looks really off
  7. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
    this is how rosewood looks most of the time, I like all the figuring but to me this kind of wood is hard to match with the color of the bass, most of the time it looks like rust again IMO
  8. Google "staining rosewood".

    A billion results come up and the first few were Stew Mac and halfway down was a result from TB.

    I'd post a link but I'm too lazy.
  9. Technotitclan

    Technotitclan Lurking TB from work

    Mar 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    Honestly, that's a fantastic looking board. My opinion is if you don't like it sell it to someone who does and buy another. I'd hate to see that get f'd up.
  10. Garyth

    Garyth Now What ..?

    Sep 9, 2013
    Punta Gorda Florida
    I'm with the others, leave it. I like the way it looks. If the coloring is way off in the picture, try a different color backdrop to emphasize it. Maybe your light blue carpet is throwing it off.
  11. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    What am I missing with that? Looks great. It's rosewood. It looks like this:

  12. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    That board looks just fine, it's not the tightest but it's not cheap looking. The big difference I see between the vintage J bass pic and your bass is the patina/age on the pickguard, body, covers and dots. A parchment or mint guard may get you closer to the desired result, I might opt for a black guard myself as I don't mind a little bit of 70's vibe.
  13. Roaddog77


    Nov 11, 2011
    Apply several years worth of sweat and body oil on it. ;)

    Guitar Honey might help too.
  14. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Spector-Dingwall-Aguilar-DR-Tech 21-Darkglass
    I'll echo what others have already said...that's a gorgeous rosewood board!

    I'd also recommend switching to a black pick guard for a cooler look; new, un-aged white guards on anything other that black/maple basses just look cheap to me for some reason.

    Black goes with everything ;)
  15. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    IMO, your fretboard doesn't look funky, it looks like a nice piece of wood. If you don't dig it, I'd sell it and find one that matches the picture in your mind.
  16. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I like it. You could probably find someone to trade for it.
  17. I would leave it how it is if I were you.

    You might be able to get something, but you might change the sound of your bass by doing that.
  18. themarshall


    Jun 26, 2008
    cochrane wi
    lemme git this straight. your worried about funky as regards a bass? 2 words: sharpy dude
  19. Normally, you have to pay extra to get Rosewood like that. You got lucky with a fantastic cut of wood, and you don't like it?

    Sell it to someone that appreciates it. You probably have better-than-usual resale value.
  20. I agree.

    I can see how the color doesn't go great with the body color of your bass, but it's a very beautiful fretboard. It would just look a lot better with a lighter body: like a natural body and Tort pickguard. Might look fantastic with the right orange body too.

    You were looking for dark. Maybe you should sell that beautiful neck and get one with an ebony fretboard?
  21. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Looks great!
    Black shoe polish will darken it up nicely though.