I am working with a local luthier to have a bass converted to fretless. The instrument has a macassar ebony board. I asked him to replace the frets with pau ferro strips. The goal here is to give a medium contrast in color and not require a poly finish. He also offered to apply an epoxy finish to the board for a small up-charge. I have some questions for you: Will pau ferro strips be ok with just basic oil finish? Will I have any issues with ebony/pf? What are you thoughts on an epoxy finish? I am inclined to pass on this. I've never experienced issues with unfinished fretless boards. I don't expect any with the ebony/pf board. I would like to hear about your experience with epoxy finishes. Thanks all.