Painted Fretboard

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


  1. DigthemLows

    DigthemLows

    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

    full_bleed

    May 27, 2005
    Arizona
    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

    full_bleed

    May 27, 2005
    Arizona
    thanks God
     
  6. T-34

    T-34

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

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
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  8. DigthemLows

    DigthemLows

    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

    Oct 10, 2003
    Sacramento CA
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  10. Suburban

    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. Morfman6

    Morfman6 Supporting Member

    May 7, 2005
    Northern Virgina
    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: