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File marks on Ebony fingerboard repair?

BrianRoy

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I'm working on a guitar that has some file marks on the ebony fingerboard from having the fret ends done. It's nothing absurd or eye catching but I figure I may as well fix it if there is a good method. Anyone?

Thanks
Brian
 

zztomato

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I don't think I'd bother. A scratch goes into the wood so you have to -in a sense- remove enough wood around the scratch to make the scratch invisible.
 

Baxtercat

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..or fill it up w/ superglue and sand back down perfectly. Too much trouble, I say. Although I do use superglue on fret ends, gaps, and sometimes for fillets for a smoother feel to the hand.
 

B. Howard

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Yep, I see them. From dressing the ends no doubt. If they are shallow enough they can be carefully scraped out by a razor blade with a burr turned on it. Follow that with some grey scotchbrite and a bit of oil and no one will ever know.
 

Keyser Soze

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Exactly what Mr. Howard says.

It's too tight an area to sand well (you never want to sand across the grain.)

So a scraper is the best option for a clean smooth surface.

But it's not something you want to try without some practice, and if it were me I'd just learn to love it as is.
 

bunny

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The fret ends could be rounded better. Actually, it's almost impossible to round the ends to a "spherical" shape without leaving some marks on the fretboard and bindings, but there's nothing unusual to scrape them off with a sharp (or even burnished like a scraper) blade.
 

BrianRoy

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Yeah the marks are very shallow. I'll try the razorblade trick and see what happens. Thanks for all the input!
 






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