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finishing a maple fingerboard

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by wilser, May 12, 2005.

  1. Hello,
    I have read numerous times that you should put a finish on your maple fingerboard to prevent oils and dirt from the hands to 'stain' the wood. I'm building a bass with my first maple fingerboard. I'm worried about sanding and polishing the finish between the frets, since it looks like it's gonna be difficult stuff.

    Anybody got any pointers/tips?
  2. ArtisFallen


    Jul 21, 2004
    the staining of the wood is really a esthtetics preference thing, and wont actually effect the way the guitar sounds i wouldn't think. all the really vintage guitars use unfinished maple fretboards. the reason some companies switched to rosewood was because somebody didn't like the dirty look of a "worn in" board. on rosewood the effect was less noticeable cause it's a darker wood.

    if you really think you're going to need it my suggestion would have been to do it before you added the fretting, but as it seems you've already passed that step, i'm not sure what you'd do...