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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by gareth, Sep 18, 2005.

  1. gareth


    Jun 9, 2002
    I've just got a used Fender 57 US vintage reissue p bass.

    The board has been worn thru the finish down to the wood at the 3rd and 5th fret on the E and A strings.

    How should I repair this?

    Does it matter if I just leave it as it is?

  2. my personal position... is just leave it, unless you're playing it lots or don't have somewhere to place it so it wont be effected by severe conditions. I think it just adds character to the instrument. Maple tends to be alot hardier than many people think. :)
  3. Metal Mitch

    Metal Mitch

    Jul 14, 2003
    Oh boy, the first time I read your post I missed the word "reissue".

    +1 to what Tavis said. That's nothing. :D

    Just keep it in a hard case when you're not playing it, and dream about what it will look like after you finish breaking it in... :hyper:
  4. Unprotected maple will stain like a mutha and you will never be able to get it back to clean if it does. Just be warned.
  5. Metal Mitch

    Metal Mitch

    Jul 14, 2003
    Hey bone, how ya been? Thanks for the tip. So what stains it? Finger oils and sweat?

    I love the way those 50's maple necks look when they've been worn through... I'm still working on wearing off the 2nd set of frets and finish on my 76.