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fingerboard treatment

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr Dave, Nov 6, 2003.

  1. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave

    Nov 2, 2003
    Wakefield UK
    I recently fitted a fretless neck to one of my Fenders-rosewood fingerboard.I'll be using flatwounds.
    Any advice on how to keep the fingerboard in top condition and how to reduce string wear?
  2. Basso Gruvitas

    Basso Gruvitas Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2000
    Dallas/Ft. Worth TX
    String wear on a wooden fingerboard is inevitable. You REALLY slow down wear by using flatwound strings. Especially if you don't slap the strings, we're talking 2-5 years before you'll have any problems (depends also on how much you play)

    Some options are putting epoxy or other "sealants" on the fingerboard to make it unaffected by what strings you use. Caution though - doing so affects your sound. You may or may not like how it turns out.
  3. NV43345


    Apr 1, 2003
    I use Boiled Linseed Oil. I have used this since
    the 70's. I take a small amount on a corner of
    a cloth, similar to the one's you swipe from
    hotel's. and rub it in gently to the wood, then
    go back with another corner of the towel and wipe
    it off real good, you will see the dirt come off
    on the towel. Then I put another light coat on
    and buff it off with a another clean part of the towel, then I let it sit for a couple hours before I
    string it up. It leaves the Fretboard clean and
    oiled up, and after years of use they still look great. It is available at Ace Hardware stores,
    The most important thing is to throw the towel
    away in the trash outside your house when you are done. I usually cut 2"x 2" square's off the towel.