Maple fretboard question

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by DKing, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. DKing

    DKing Member

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    I have scalloped a Maple neck (first time)

    What do I finish the Maple fingerboard with? I am looking forward to it wearing so I don’t want it heavily sealed (I am looking for EVH-ish wear, lol). I tried leaving it just sanded but it shows every note I have played on it. It’s just a bit too much.


    Back story in case you care…
    I have an ‘88 Yngwie strat that I love and I also have what I consider my number one strat. I have always wished my number one had some scalloping at least on the upper frets. So instead of learning it on numby one, I took a cheapo Squier (Maple) neck and scalloped it..It came out really nice. I did fairly light scalloping and it’s heavier on the thiner stringed side. Great for control with big bends.
     
  2. Jan Folkson

    Jan Folkson Member

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    You can just do an oil finish on it. I like Tung Oil and Danish Nut Oil. Neither will add much color so you might want to stain the neck first...
     
  3. DKing

    DKing Member

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    Thank you sir.

    I love this site. Plethera of info.
     
  4. Billy Penn

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    I like the Birchwood Casey Tru Oil used for gun stocks. I find that it goes on easier and builds easier. Dries harder as well. Once I used it I never went back to tung or danish oil.
     
  5. EADGBE

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    I love tung oil.
     
  6. GtrDr

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    I use the Tru Oil as well. About 4 coats.
     
  7. Ayrton

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    Tru Oil is what I use, but that will prevent the neck from getting dirty at all. If you are wanting mild wear to show, then something Tung Oil finish will be better.
     

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