Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: New Lenox, IL-USA
Re: Scraping fretboard = lower value ?
Yas, it absolutely will. Especially on the type of "holy grail" guitars you've mentioned.
Scraping, when performed correctly, will produce a fretboard that looks as new as it did the day it was sold. This leaves the owner with a problem if the top of the fretboard looks brand new and the rest of the neck shows it's age. The rest of the neck will have to be reconditioned. This includes the headstock and heel. A person would need to have mastered all of the "disciplines" of neck reconditioning to pull this off. If they/you were successful in perfectly reconditioning the neck, it still will not match the body or hardware.