What would you do with this fretboard?

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  1. rmackowsky

    rmackowsky Strat-Talker

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    I decided to tinker with my 30+ year old crappy Harmony acoustic. Started by using a razor blade to scrape the accumulation of dirt off the fretboard. When it started to take off some of the finish, I said screw it and kept scraping. Ended up looking like this:
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    You can see the original color (and dirt) on the 12th fret.

    I don’t care if I screw up this guitar, so what do you think I should do to the fretboard? Leave it as is (I kinda like it)? Tint it?

    I don’t really have a specific goal with this guitar - just figured I’d tinker with it and maybe learn something as I do.
     
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  2. FrieAsABird

    FrieAsABird Senior Stratmaster

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    I would apply some Lemon Oil and see what happens. If you like what happens, keep going, but no damage done if you don’t like it :)
     
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    if you like the look, maybe a bit of mineral oil and just play it.
     
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    Finish scraping/cleaning it, and get some Indian Ink fretboard dye from Stew Mac and dye it back. Or just oil it and see what happens?
     
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    I would take a black sharpie to it and see if it turns out like ebony. Or would that just end up on your fingers? Maybe just oil it with some of this stuff 20211012_130927.jpg
     
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  6. 3bolt79

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    I would sand between the frets with some 800 or 1000 grit sandpaper, just to smooth things out, and then dye it with some Fybings, then oil it. Or, skip the dye job and oil it.
     
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  7. rmackowsky

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    What do you all think of how it looks currently - is it kind of cool in a relic sort of way, or does it look like trash?
     
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    I would just wipe on some oil. Whatever you have. Linseed, lemon, tung, etc...
    It would keep a natural look. If you like, you could dye it.
     
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    Bob Spumoni Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah rosewood doesn't need a "finish" in the sense of a surface coating (maple does, of course, unless you like that gray, splotchy distressed thing: I'm indifferent). So you put oil on it (any of about 40 kinds which various people angrily assert are ideal/awful). Then you play it. Then you put more oil on, and so forth.
     
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  10. 3bolt79

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    I just looks dirty and dry. Oil it and see how you like it afterward.
     
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    Oddly enough, it's doesn't seem that dry, and it's not dirty anymore after scraping it all off. I'm mostly wondering appearance wise whether to just leave it as is and oil it (I have MusicNomad F-One Oil), or stain it to a uniform dark color.
     
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    I think it looks cool. Like a barn wood.
     
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    scrape it with a spare utility blade, wipe down and apply a little mineral oil
     
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    Soak it in Guinness for the color and scent.
     
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    That worn/distressed look is really working, honestly. I would just oil it up and play.
     
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    Rub it down with 3 in 1 oil and buff it out with a clean, dry terry cloth.

    Before y'all get your knickers in a knot, C.F. Martin recommends
    using 3 in 1 oil for their fretboards.
     
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    I like to use pledge, mainly because my wife carries it in her inventory. She has brasso, too, to polish up the frets.

    I'm curious to see your results, no matter what you use.
     
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  18. dirocyn

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    It doesn't look very smooth, I'd probably follow up with some sandpaper (starting with something pretty fine and ending with something finer) and then oil it.
     
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    Oil it. Play it. When the time comes to refret, that's the time to eorry about it.
     
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    I personally think it looks like trash
     
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