Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by bRoWn-SoUnD, Mar 11, 2006.
How can I give my board a darker tint that will last ?
Lem-oil plus HELP ME
Thanks.. I can't believe Gibson and PRS use this stuff....
Can I use an oil based stain from the hardware store???
If your fingerboard is not treated with a sealer,wax, or finish...
Any good quality stain will work.
Don't worry about the frets, but you want to protect the binding and inlays, if the guitar has them.
You may have to do several applications, but it will work fine.
I did a friends RW neck with Watco ebony stain. It came out beautiful and really looked like Ebony...
So if you want Ebony, but want a stable wood...LOL
That's the way to go.
Linseed oil will work. You may have to treat it several times (I recommend doing it over time) but that should darken the board without staining it.
Why would you think it would cause those kind of changes?
I used Fiebing's dye on a Taylor fretboard once to even out the color (it was streaked in a way I didn't care for). Worked like a charm and did not bleed into the fret markers at all. Here's the key: tape off (w/masking tape) the areas you want to protect and use the absolute least amount of dye you need. What I did was put a few drops onto a piece of aluminum foil and apply the dye with a Q tip that I barely dampened with dye and then first touched to a piece of paper towel so that when I finally touched Q tip to fretboard the Q tip was the absolute slightest amount wet still. Worked out very well, the end result was indistinguishable from a standard piece of near-uniformally dark ebony.
I would think that oiled wood would tend to dampen its vibration characteristics. For an extreme example, tap a dry sponge with your finger and you'll hear a ringy thump. Dampen the sponge with water or oil and you'll hear a dull thud. Personally, for this reason, I would never soak my fretboard with any oil.
As far as coloring a fretboard is concerned, I'd be a bit concerned of any toxidity from substances used for this purpose. However, if a guitar sounds and plays good, personally I don't get very concerned about the cosmetics of it.