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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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New Jem77V-BK, open grain or crack?


Just took delivery of a new Jem77V-BK, noticed a vertical line on the fretboard, looks like either open wood grain, or a very small crack, not drastic but noticeable depending on the light. I'm hoping its nothing to worry about, is it worth me giving the neck a good dose of suitable fretboard oil just in case it's a crack, or is there a suitable filler I could use that'll expand and contact with the wood? Just don't want it getting any worse.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 07:44 AM
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Re: New Jem77V-BK, open grain or crack?

Open Grain!
I've seen this many times, no reason to worry.

I've seen cracks as well. Usually they follow the grain and then continue in a pretty straight line. This is not the case here.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 08:50 AM
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Re: New Jem77V-BK, open grain or crack?

Sweet neck! I love Rosewood!!!!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 07:18 PM
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Re: New Jem77V-BK, open grain or crack?

That's minor, I've seen openings like that that run the entire length of a fret, sometimes into the next fret... no big deal as long as it's not so wide you feel it under your fingers.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 09:51 PM
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Re: New Jem77V-BK, open grain or crack?

You should still give it a good oiling, though. When I received my 77vbk new, it looked like a lot of the pictures in ads where the fretboard looked really brown. A good shot of lemon oil and it darkened it up real nice. Ibanez guitars have really really dry fretboards when they arrive new, at least that is my experience.
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