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Lacquer for fingerboard?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Fallen Zephyr, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. I plan to defret my bass in the coming weeks, and my dad told me that he could get plenty of lacquer that he uses to finish cabinets to use for the finger board. He says it gets fairly hard, but I'm wondering if it would be hard enough. Should I just use epoxy?
  2. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    If it's nitrocellulose lacquer, it's probably not hard enough. If it's pre-cat lacquer, it might be. Are you planning to use flat wound or round wound? Round wound are a lot harder on the finish. Since your dad uses various finishes, he may have a source for epoxy.
  3. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    What kind of wood is your fingerboard? If its rosewood or ebony, then a finish isn't exactly necessary. If its maple, I would go for an epoxy or CA glue finish. Nitro, or even pre-cat lacquer will not hold up well.
  4. I will probably use GHS Pressurewound strings, though I would like the option of using roundwounds in the future. He doesn't actually do the finishing himself, but he works with a cabinet builder. All that my dad knows is that it is lacquer. Which would be most commonly used for finishing cabinets?
  5. It is a rosewood board, but I would like to avoid excessive wear, and have that Jaco-esque tone.
  6. didn't jaco use boat epoxy? by the way, i have no clue what i'm talking about, just think i read that somewhere.....
  7. panas


    Nov 5, 2007
    So is epoxy the best for an ebony or wenge fretless fingerboard?
    Which one is the best way to apply it on the fingerboard?
    Thank you!