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epoxy on an ebony fretless board?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by firebill57, Aug 31, 2003.

  1. firebill57


    Aug 31, 2003
    Hi folks, new to this site. I'm an experienced fingerstyle guitar player who needs some advice: While researching bass guitars (need to buy one for recording), I came upon one for sale that touted an application of epoxy to an ebony fretless fingerboard. Is this common, appropriate, crazy, or what? Any help you guys could give me on this or on purchasing lower-end or moderately prices fretless basses (I've played basses and can handle fretless), I'd much appreciate it. Thanks. Bill
  2. chucko58


    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    An epoxy coating is a good idea for a rosewood or maple fingerboard, but IMHO (and IME) it is not really necessary on an ebony board. I've used roundwounds on ebony boards and only ever noticed minor cosmetic wear.

    Note that upright basses (and most instruments in the violin family) are traditionally made with uncoated ebony fingerboards. And you don't see them needing frequent fingerboard dressing!
  3. jbay


    May 23, 2002
    Well, but the violin/viol family uses "flatwound" type strings... Even so, fingerboard dressing is still required once in a blue moon. My fretless has a coated ebony board, gives it a brighter sound, adds to the roundwounds.
  4. firebill57


    Aug 31, 2003
    Thanks a lot for the input.
  5. Armchair Thief

    Armchair Thief Guest

    Aug 18, 2003
    Houston, Texas
    My fretless is coated as well, just my personal preference from a tone and durability standpoint.
  6. JOME77

    JOME77 Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Pedulla's coat their Buzz bass ebony boards with Diamondcoat (TM) which is very similar to epoxy (might even be epoxy). Those basses sound great! IMO much more mwah than an uncoated board. Sounds very similar to Diamondwood (impregnated burch) which is used on Roscoe and several other highend fretless basses.