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Finish for Fretted Ebony Fretboard?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by iualum, Jul 11, 2004.

  1. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    Getting this Fretted Ebony Fretboard from Warmoth. Warmoth says it doesn't need a finish. But, would you recommend one? If so what type? Thanks a lot.
  2. You really won't need a finish. My 8 string fretless is almost 5 years old, and the ebony doesn't even have any marks on it.
    If you apply epoxy coating it will wear off. Ebony is one of the hardest woods out there. Most upright basses have ebony fingerboards. My upright was over 200 years old. Keep it as it is.....simple :)
  3. Kavorka


    Mar 28, 2002
    Austin, Texas
    I'm not a luthier, but I think one of the reasons to pick Ebony is so you don't have to finish the fb. I'm actually not a fan of the bright sound Ebony can give, but it is remarkably durable and may not sound good finished.
  4. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    It'll be finish-free. Thanks fellas.