fungus ?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by chalie, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. Hi Guys,
    Did anyone experienced this problem?
    One of my bass guitar is having a white thing inside the wood's texture of the fret board which I think it is fungus. It's is ebony wood and only happens on this bass which I store all the basses in the rack in the same area.
    I tried to clean it twice already but it cam back so I am planing to get the anti-fungus paste (medecine) to apply over the fret board nd hope that will work. I hope this will not damage the wood.
    If you have a better idea please let me know.
  2. Hookus


    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I have a bass with rosewood fingerboard, same deal. I think it may be something I used to clean it with in the past.
  3. Last night I putted the anti-fungus thing over some part of the board to check if that help and the result was negative.
    I tried this on my shoes and it works but not here so may be it is not the fungus. It could be the stain from lemon oil I always use but this fret board has the greates wood grain compare to the rest of mine that is why only is on this bass.
    Will clean it up with tooth brush and will update you guys.
    Thanks for your thought.
  4. teej

    teej Venmo @teej1986

    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    I have this, too, but I think it's from the oils and salts in your skin.
  5. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Sono est omnia Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    It might be just residue and/or discharge from the wood. It's fairly common with large-pore species like Indian Rosewood. I've noticed it with some striped ebony before. It's also likely that it's just buildup from skin contact. Do you play fingerstyle over the fingerboard? This happens on my upright and on my fretless electrics. I often play over the end of the fingerboard and my 'funk' builds up there. Could it be that?
  6. luknfur


    Jan 14, 2004

    not a luthier so take this for what it's worth. Seems I remember somebody thinking the same thing on their body (bass that is) but it was something in the finish and Hambone had a cure for it. To my knowledge, theirs no finish on necks but thought I'd throw it out.

    Nothing unusual about fungus and wood joining forces but seems fungus is typically a moisture driven critter. Tropical climate thing and something more prone to humidity of summer not dryness of winter.