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Painted Fretboard

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by DigthemLows, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. DigthemLows

    DigthemLows Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    Sacramento CA
    I've seen a couple of fretboards painted white, but never a fretless............is there a way to do this? The board is rosewood. Is this a dumb idea?? I just love the way it looks on fretted basses.
  2. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    You could do this and cover it with a clear durable coating, maybe an epoxy. You'd have to make sure that the coating wouldn't react with whatever paint you used in some negative way.
  3. full_bleed


    May 27, 2005
    I don't think I've ever seen a painted fretboard of any color. Anyone know where to find some pictures?
  4. i've seen a Ritter with a white fretboard. there is a thread whith a lot of pictures from ritter in the basses forum.. on some of the pictures there is a white bass whith a white fretboard..

    do a search
  5. full_bleed


    May 27, 2005
    thanks God
  6. T-34


    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Google Larry Graham Moon Bass
  7. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
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  8. DigthemLows

    DigthemLows Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    Sacramento CA
    www.hootpage.com Mike Watt has a moon bass with one, and then there's the Ritter somewhere on TB..........I've never seen a fretless without lines in a color, thought it might look kinda cool? Put some black tape wounds on it??............I might do this....
  9. DigthemLows

    DigthemLows Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    Sacramento CA
  10. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    There are very few painted fretless fingerboards in the world. However, Basslab does that rather frequently.

    If you can do a good underwork, to make sure that the paint will adhere to the oily rosewood, any automotive paint will be OK. You will need a few layers of clearcoat, of course :D
  11. I have always wanted a 'Graham' all white jazz bass! Celinder makes a cool version and in a 5-String. Thought about doing it myselft and what with my limited experience spraying nitro...how does one clean up the fretboard around all the frets? :meh: