My Fretboard Is Ugly

Discussion in 'Acoustic Soundboard' started by Opj77, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. Polarbear

    Polarbear Don Poleone

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    strings are still good to go!
     
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  2. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member

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    i used to buy rosewood all the time and i would buy a piece that looks like that no problem.
     
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  3. Groovey

    Groovey Dr. Stratster

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    I see beautiful dark rosewood.
     
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  4. SonOfLerome

    SonOfLerome Strat-O-Master

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    lucky. I’m stuck with pau ferro and laurel. :(
     
  5. StratMike10

    StratMike10 Dr. Stratster Gold Supporting Member

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    It’s very stable. Never has as much as left the slightest mark on my fingers.
     
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  6. Opj77

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    Yeah I couldn’t stand the puffy sticker rosette and pulled it off then tried wood burning the rosette which turned out worse so here I am, I reckon.
     
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  8. Kingmarc1982

    Kingmarc1982 Strat-Talk Member

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    Take off the strings. You get a bucket of stain and dip the whole neck in and whammo.
     
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  9. Opj77

    Opj77 Strat-Talker

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    Stain doesn’t fill in pores, buddy.
     
  10. Hal Nico

    Hal Nico Senior Stratmaster

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    I'd go with Strat Mike. Just use some brown boot polish to take off a bit of the matt finish plus it will keep the wood from drying out :)
     
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  11. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    So attempting to fill the pores in the rosewood is not the only recipe for disaster.

    It's Rosewood.
    It going to have an open grain.
    It was like that when you bought it.
    It had the synthetic rosette when you bought it.
    You bought the wrong guitar.
    The rosette can probably be replaced. Sell it and buy something you want before you do permanent damage to this one.
     
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  12. Opj77

    Opj77 Strat-Talker

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    It was gifted to me by my best friend, so it has sentiment. Having said that, what is the problem with buying inexpensive guitars and modifying them if one chooses to do so? And also, where did I say that I was going to do anything to the rosewood?
     
  13. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    There's no problem with buying inexpensive guitars and modifying them.

    And your first post you referenced maybe filling the grain but that seemed a recipe for disaster.

    Understanding that you probably don't want to attempt filling the grain, then you're left with either living with it or getting rid of it.
    But any other guitar with a rosewood neck is going to be the same.

    I guess I'm just trying to figure out the point of the thread if you agree that filling the grain would not be a good idea.
     
  14. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Fuzz Meister General

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    I’ve seen varying amount of pours on rosewood. My Silver Sky rosewood has very tiny pours, almost looks like the ebony on my Taylor’s and Martin. The LP special I bought an hour ago has a bit bigger pours (not quite as big as the OP’s) and I have had several with ones just like the OP’s. My thing with rosewood is the color. I love very dark boards and can’t get on with ones very light or too reddish.
     
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  15. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Yep... And that's the difference with more expensive guitars like our Taylors and the PRS, compared to a Seagull.

    Seagull makes a GREAT guitar, one of the best in its price range, but it is not a high-end guitar and won't use the same quality wood as Taylor.
     
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    Opj77 Strat-Talker

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    I just like throwing out opinions on the coffee table for discussion. The fretboard isn’t a huge issue at all.
     
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  17. soulman969

    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    Neither do I. Besides, you're supposed to play it not just look at it. :p :D
     
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    ya put lacquer at that there fingerboard Sonny Jim and it's gonna look like a weird Rickenbacker. Rosewood is a porus material unlike Maple, Ebony is usually grain dense like Maple. The Walnut (on a Gretsch Double Jet I have) or Laurel (another Double Jet) and Blackwood(?) on my Epi Amos Flying V and last my Recording King Dirty 30's with a Padauk fingerboards are all Rosewood substitutes with minimal grainy feel. Some people just like Maple boards better, no harm in it. Honestly I don't get put off by different woods on fingerboards, how they'll wear over the years is another matter to be seen. I'll be long gone before it happens though.
     
  19. Richard McKay

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    Douse it in Dunlop 65 lemon oil every time you change the strings. For all the reasons people say not to use it, BTW. Play the heck out of it. Ten years from now, it will be perfect. Ditch the rosette, though.
     
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