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Old June 14th, 2011, 04:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can You Darken A Rosewood Fretboard?


Can you darken a Rosewood fretboard with some sort of oil or polish?

I don't really like a light brownish rosewood board, however I absolutely love the darker ones. I guess it's just luck what colour your fretboard is.

Would this be possible with minimal difficulty?

Thanks, any help will be appreciated.

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Old June 14th, 2011, 05:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sometimes just lemon oil will darken it up.

They dry out and get lighter colored.
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Old June 14th, 2011, 05:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use Fret-Doctor and it does noticeably darken the rosewood as well as condition it..........
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Old June 14th, 2011, 05:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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+1 on the Fret Doctor Bore Oil for the Fife and Fret Doctor
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Old June 14th, 2011, 06:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Fret Doctor darkened my rosewood board nicely on my Strat.
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Old June 14th, 2011, 06:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've been thinking about darkening the 'board on my Oly White Strat.

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Old June 14th, 2011, 07:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old June 14th, 2011, 09:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old June 14th, 2011, 09:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Fret Dr. rocks, but I think I've seen black fretboard stain mentioned in other threads.
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Old June 14th, 2011, 09:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Does the stain not come off on your fingers? Just asking.........
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Old June 14th, 2011, 09:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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depends how dark ya want it! if you want it to look like ebony, which i dont think you do, use Fiebing's Oil Dye. its used to darken fretboards a lot by pros, but usually to make it look like ebony.
Just an opinion.
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