I though I'd toss this question out there for any luthiers or others who have done this. What is the best method to remove an ebonized finish from a Kay or Engelhardt fingerboard? Considering that the fingerboard is in good condition, no bad wear or buzzing, but may be not looking so good as the thin black finish wears through. I have seen a few Kays and Engel fingerboards that have had the ebonizing removed, so I know it can be done. Also, instead of removing the finish, could you just re-dye the board with the analine "fingerboard" (leather) dye? - or will the existing finish prevent good results? I have never been able to find a clear answer on what the black finish actually is, either. Specifically, the finish used on Engel/Kay boards I mean, not the CCB black "paint" which seems to be different stuff. I understand having a nice ebony board installed would be ideal, but for those of us short on cash, what would be the next best thing in the mean time? My 1995 EC1 maple fingerboard looks OK so far, but a friend of mine's 79 Engel fingerboard is looking pretty rough. He says there is a dark wood underneath the black stuff on his. Any insight will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.