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Finishing the top of an ebony fretboard on a classical guitar.
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jparchem

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Total Posts: 9
I am in the final stages of French polishing my first kit guitar. I have not put anything on the top of the african ebony fretboard. How is the fret board generally finished?

Thanks for any help.

Jul 12, 10 | 10:10 pm
Ed

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The fretboard on acoustic guitars is typically not finished. Some folks will leave it untreated just polished and some will apply a bit of oil, I think the most common is either linseed oil or lemon oil but I'm not sure, let it soak in for a few minutes and wipe it off. I use a product called High Cliff Fingerboard Oil that I picked up a few years ago. A very little oil goes a long way. I put a few drops on a clean rag and rub it on, wait 5 minutes and wipe it off.
Regards,
Ed

Jul 13, 10 | 5:12 am
Ken Cierp

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I use this process, not matter what style of guitar -- Electric, Acoustic, Classical it's based on the great Don Teeter's (BTW his piblications are worth the investment) advice.

http://www.kennethmichaelguitars.com/fretdressing.html

My paste wax choice for fingerboards is Minwax "hard finishing wax" found at all the big box stores.

Ken Cierp

Kenneth Michael Guitars est. 1978

Jul 13, 10 | 6:55 am
jparchem

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Total Posts: 9
Thanks for the advise and the link. I have already polished the fret board and it is free of scratches. Based on the link there is a bit more burnishing I could do on the frets.

I will try the Minwax.

Jul 13, 10 | 8:24 am
Ken Hundley

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Total Posts: 2169
I've actually used Howards Restore A Finish....kinda like it. not sure what the long term implications are, but we'll see. Normally, I use the fret board oil from LMI or Stewmac, but once I used Howards RAF and liked how it colored up the board a little more.

Jul 13, 10 | 10:11 am
Adaboy

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Total Posts: 509
If I recall correctly, John Hall says 3-in-1 oil works nice on the fretboard. I don't want to put words in his mouth but that is what I remember. I'm sure John is busy, busy, busy right now preparing for the gathering at his place on Sat. Sure wish I could have been there but it didn't work out for me this year.

Jul 15, 10 | 5:29 pm



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