Pau Ferro Fretboard Problem

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  1. Retroe

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    So after reading about these Pau Ferro fretboards I decided to try one. I bought it new off eBay from the Stratosphere.

    I really like the the looks of it but noticed something odd. The Pau Ferro fretboard appears to have like a matte finish except in the first fret area, there's a shiny spot. It was listed as "open box" and described as being in perfect condition. So I need some advice on whether this is normal or if I should return the neck for a refund.

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  2. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    Eat a bag-o-fries and play it
    It'll come together
     
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    Put some music nomad f-one oil on it and forget about it for a year. You will see what I mean.
     
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    And that's that! LOL!! :p Some problems don't need lengthy answers.
     
  5. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I've used several Pau Ferro necks from Stratosphere and all have been extremely nice and as advertised. Stratosphere does not use the term "New" on their stuff any more because of pressure from selling sites like ebay. They told me in an email that they went to the "open box" description as it was the best of the options that they were allowed to use on their parts as they were previously assembled on a complete guitar. As for the shiny spot on the fretboard on your neck, it looks to me like someone in the finish shop may have gotten some "overspray" from clear-coating the headstock onto the fretboard. Unless it really bothers you, I wouldn't send it back....just bolt it on and play the heck out of it! It really does have some nice grain structure and that gloss is not very noticeable.
     
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    sonny wolf Most Honored Senior Member

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    If it plays and sounds nice then just keep it...I wouldn't fuss over something that irrelevant.
     
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    My new Player Strats board looks the same in the same area. Still plays great, so I’m not worried about it. It does look kind of odd, but I figure it’s just some over spray from the headstock gloss.
     
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    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    I suppose a little light rubbing with a piece of Scotchbrite would satin-ify it pretty quickly.
     
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    sgarnett Senior Stratmaster

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    I have a neck with a little bit of finish on the fretboard on the last few frets at the body end. I’m not sure if it’s overspray, or if they just spray the while thing and then sand it back off on the PF boards. It looks like it may have been sanded, but not quite enough.
     
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    That's got a super nice streaked grain. I'd keep it.
     
  11. AlexJCRandall

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    Yep, a fuss about nothing.......or in other words a fraction of finish overspray on the board.

    So there is nothing that is really wrong.
    However if you are a guy who sweats the inconsequential details, then return it. As you probably won't be able to look past that.
    Just a word of warning.......If you do have to return it in person, be prepared for incredulity or outright hilarity from staff once you explain the reason.
     
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    Personally, I love the figure. I’d scuff the gloss down to matte with a strip of sandpaper or steel wool. If that doesn’t look good enough, scrape it. I certainly wouldn’t return it.
     
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    nadzab Play Don't Worry Silver Member

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    I have seen more than a couple Fender rosewood necks (from before the PF era) where the factory got overspray in that area ahead of the nut slot. Not sure why this happens, must be something about the masking technique in that spot.

    Purely cosmetic, my best playing Strat has a bit of poly on the board there and it never bothered me - but you could try a very light, high-grit sanding as mentioned above if it bugs you.
     
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    What did you pay?

    In my neck dealing with stratosphere, I got taken. For the same cash, I should have gotten one fender direct warranty, support and all that jazz along with free shipping. Not a stratosphere fan at all.
     
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    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    0000 steel wool - a couple of swipes will get that gloss down to a satin finish

    That’s a beautiful neck / fretboard. Love the grain. PF has really been growing on me.
     
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    jesus why on earth would anyone care about something so insignificant
    this forum does my head in
     
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    Here is a pic of my Pao Ferro neck, that I coincidentally purchased from Stratosphere too.....

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    The finish above the nut is normal....though you might want to return yours as it is backwards...:D:D

    I love the PF necks on the Player series....gotta get me another one....
     
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    it's nuthin'. probably where someone polished something.... if it bothers ya,.. change your mind... all fixed...

    rk
     
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    What I like about Stratosphere: everything I have purchased has been in perfect condition, and very carefully packed.

    What I don't like about Stratosphere: the price.

    I personally would keep that neck ...
     
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    Personally, I'd probably want to polish up the rest of the board to match the 1st fret.
    It may have just caught a little bit of the buffing wheel, or perhaps "overspray" although i can't imagine it not being masked off, but who knows.

    I wouldn't return it.
    If it bothered me at all (i don't think it would), i would just get some 2000 grit sandpaper and knock the shine back.
     
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