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fretboard change

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Andii Syckz, Oct 16, 2013.


  1. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    Montreal
    Hey guys,

    wondering if there's such a thing as a material that you can just lay on top of the existing fretboard to make it appear and sound like different material {f.x. maple to rosewood, or etc.}

    If yes, what is it called, if not, how can i make a maple fretboard darker?

    Thanks,

    Sasha
     
  2. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    "Stain"

    ;)
     
  3. SidMau

    SidMau

    Sep 3, 2012
    I'd just stain it, as said above. If this is a fretted bass, then a coating wouldn't do much - the neck effects the sound of a bass by its density, not just the top layer. If this is about a fretless instrument, then you can put epoxies and what-have-you over the board but I think it would give the opposite sonic effect you're looking for.
     
  4. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Assuming the fretboard and neck are covered in laquer, it would be a PITA to remove it from the fretboard so you could stain it.

    I think it's a bad idea all the way around
     
  5. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    Montreal
    Actually it's a fretted guitar that i'm redoing everything on (electronics, pickguard, paint etc) but the maple neck wouldn't fit the paint scheme. And i don't want to replace cause 1- I'm low on funds for the moment, and 2- the profile is just superb, it would be a shame to swap out the neck. and 3-it's going to be a gift for a friend of mine.
     

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