finished fretboards?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dfreeman, Sep 5, 2002.

  1. I was in guitar center the other day and I was playing either a 75' fender classic jazz bass, or a geddy lee signature model. Anyway, the fretboard had this smooth laquor or polyeurothane finish on it. I never played a bass with this, but I fell in love with it, sweetest action ever. Does anybody know what I'm talking about or what its called? I'd love to get a bass with this finish on the fretboard someday, but the fender jazz bass I was playing costed like 1,500, can I get one for less than that?
  2. fenderboy


    Jun 21, 2002
  3. A lotta Fender-style maple boards have it--keeps it from getting dirty.
  4. It's not just a dirt protector; maple fingerboards need to be hard finished to resist warping, particularly on basses where the neck and fingerboard are a single piece of maple.
  5. Check E-Bay for "vintage Fender jazz" and you'll see plenty with maple fretboards and pearl block inlays for under $1500, and they will be the real deal.
  6. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Light wood boards must be treated to avoid oxygen and UV deteriation(sp?).