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Fingerboard questions..

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sigkill, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. The fingerboard wood on my S.U.B. is the oddest I've ever seen. I noticed it from the day I got my bass, but I just now really started "dwelling" on it, and it brought a couple of questions to mind.

    First of all, when I say odd looking, I mean it has several incredibly light patches, and is, overall, just the ligtest rosewood board I've ever seen. A few pics for reference*;

    <img src="http://grnco.net/~exums/fboard.jpg"><img src="http://grnco.net/~exums/fboard2.jpg">

    My questions then are; is it a problem (i.e. dried out maybe)? if not, is it just a "good" piece of wood (i.e. birdseyed maple), or a bad piece of wood (cheaper, poor looking cut)? Forgive my ignorance on the matter, and thanks to all who reply. :bassist:

    *it's even lighter in person than in these pics
  2. Robert B

    Robert B Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Hampton, Va USA
    No, I don't think it's a problem. Rosewood can vary a lot in shade. You might try a little mineral oil or lemon oil to moisturize and darken it a bit.
  3. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    The fingerboards on my both my basses (both rosewood) vary alot within the same piece of wood. The lighter pieces of rosewood are far more attractive, IMO.
  4. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    It might just be a little dry, try putting a little lemon or orange oil on it.
  5. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    If it sounds good and feels good, it's good.
    As mentioned, oil it. Whenever you change strings, wipe it down with lemon oil or something similar. Make sure it's a lemon oil that doesn't have wax or silicon in it as that stuff will build up over time.
  6. bazzanderson


    Oct 7, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I doubt seriously that there is anything wrong with it. I've got the SUB5 and have noticed this a little as well. Probably EB is just not as selective when crafting the SUB....saving the better looking rosewood for true Stringrays or Sterlings. I wouldn't be worried about it...or use lemon oil like previous suggestions.
  7. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    It's nice! I've seen those kinds of colors on Stingrays, Sterlings and Bongos, too, so I don't think it's a cheaper piece of rosewood.
  8. Thanks for the replies guys! :D
  9. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Psh, saving the better looking pieces? Lighter grain rosewood is so much cooler. My fretless has this awesome streak of browny-red just above the G string along the fifth and sixth "frets". So much cooler than plain, dark rosewood.
  10. Beammeup


    Oct 7, 2002
    I second that. Exactly the same Fingerboard expierience on my Sterling.

    A little oil works wonders :hyper: