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Engelhardt ES-9 fingerboard

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by ttekulve, May 21, 2004.

  1. My Es-9 is only about 8 months old, but the black coating...whatever that is ... in the fingerb oard is wearing off a lot. Looks like peeling skin after a sunburn in spots. Is this bad..good or neither? Doesn't effect playability or sound. Just looks bad and I'm worried that it's there for reason. Can I just sand it off completly? Nice enough wood underneath. Do I need to treat the fingerboard if it comes off or finish it somehow?? SO many qusetions.....
  2. moped10


    Apr 9, 2003
    Wilmington, NC
    Engelhardt for some reason sprays finish on their fingerboards as well as the rest of the bass- If it bugs you, get some fine grade sandpaper and sand it off, otherwise it'll wear off with playing- Don't worry about the fingerboard, the ES-9's is ebony-
  3. Brent Norton

    Brent Norton

    Sep 26, 2003
    Detroit, MI
    I'm fairly certain Engelhardt doesn't spray their boards anymore, and given how long you've had your S-9, yours should not have the lacquer on it that Moped refers to. They DO dye their ebony to acheive the 'traditional' solid black look on what are actually very dark brown, streaky boards. You can remove much of the dye with careful sanding, as Moped suggested, or by carefully rubbing it off with a cloth and plain old rubbing alcohol. Avoid lacquer thinner, 'cuz if you get it on the finish, you're in trouble. When done, you can leave the board as is, or apply a drying oil finish like tung, boiled linseed or danish oil, or just hit it once in a while with some lemon oil. Good luck!
  4. moped10


    Apr 9, 2003
    Wilmington, NC
    I guess I got mine back in the spray crazy days :rolleyes:
  5. Mine is about 2 years old and has the thin coating on the sides of the fingerboard. It may have been on the top as well but was removed when the board was dressed. Mine also has a few pinkish brown streaks in the wood--sort of gives it character.
  6. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    I think mine has some dye on it too because it has a few little spots on the side of the neck that looks like some drippage...is that a word?