Will finishing a fretted basses fingerboard affect stability?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Groovecenter, Apr 19, 2004.

  1. Ok, quick question. I have read on a few threads throughout talkbass that the ideal finish for a neck involves finishing both the fingerboard and the back of the neck in the same manner, whether it be oil, poly, or nitro. The main reasoning behind this that I have picked up is that if the back is finished and the front isn't, moisture and humidity will affect each part differently.

    Citing this, why is it that most bass makers don't hard finish the fretboard if the back is hard finished?

    Would finishing the fretboard have any possibly negatives aside from having to remove the finish from the frets?