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Finger board

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Hebron Valley, Apr 3, 2005.

  1. Hebron Valley

    Hebron Valley

    Aug 7, 2004
    Just recently purchased myself a Englehardt ES9. My question is with the finger board. After playing for awhile I noticed my fingers were starting to turn black from the finger board. Seems if the finger board is losing its paint job,, or is this just a proscesss it goes through before it dries, After awhile I did take some lemon oil and place on the finger board, let it dry, but it still is giving up the black on my fingers, Need help and suggestions,, or is it something I need to return ? Thanks for all the info Donald :help:
  2. Gufenov


    Jun 8, 2003
    I had the same problem with my ES1. I rubbed down the fingerboard with a rag dampened with mineral spirits to get off the "excess" dye, let it dry, used some very fine steel wool, and then finished it off with a couple of coats of boiled linseed oil. That was over a year ago, with no problems since.
  3. Brent Norton

    Brent Norton

    Sep 26, 2003
    Detroit, MI
    Did you have the bass set up? A good fingerboard planing, which just about all new factory basses could use, would eliminate the problem. Other than that, mineral spirits can work, or regular ol' rubbing alcohol if you already have some laying around.