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05-11-2011 01:49 AM
sweeper256
Re: Concerned about my SZ Fretboard

Wow look at that. Is it strange that most of the fretboards are the same shade, even though there can be such drastic variations? Do they dye them? Thank you RGT. It's just interesting to see such differences from one guitar to the next (in my pic).
05-11-2011 01:06 AM
RGTFanatic
Re: Concerned about my SZ Fretboard

Don't worry about the color sweeper.... It's VERY common to have a lighter rosewood fretboard. the variation in color from tree to tree would amaze you!!! If you keep it oiled properly your board will last forever.

BTW... the color has NO affect on tone or playability because the density of the wood is the same across the color spectrum.........

For reference I'm showing how different rosewood can look from the same tree..... you can see everything from deep dark brown to bright red to cream color....

05-11-2011 12:41 AM
sweeper256
Re: Concerned about my SZ Fretboard

I just registered for this forum because i was concerned about a jp i just bought. So the light color in this is probably just due to variation in rosewood color? I did put lemon oil on it, but it didn't darken. I wonder if Ibanez dyes the rosewood fretboards to hide flaws or to try to alter the look?
01-23-2006 01:49 AM
red5
Re: Concerned about my SZ Fretboard

Hmm is light rosewood bad? To the best of my knowledge light rosewood usually is the crap cracked stuff from what I've seen but it does not mean that it is all bad.

Rosewood gets darker oiled too!
01-23-2006 01:08 AM
Guitslinger
Re: Concerned about my SZ Fretboard

Quote:
Originally Posted by germX
myth or otherwise, my 11-year old rosewood fretboard did dry up.
I'm interested in hearing the details. I have an indian rosewood fingerboard on a padauk neck that warped rather strangely with one corner of the fingerboard that extends out past the frets having curled downward like a bent finger. I can't say what caused it though.
01-20-2006 09:47 PM
germX
Re: Concerned about my SZ Fretboard

myth or otherwise, my 11-year old rosewood fretboard did dry up.
01-19-2006 09:43 PM
Guitslinger
Re: Concerned about my SZ Fretboard

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Originally Posted by xspace
Are you GuitslingerTim in HC?
Thaz me.
01-19-2006 06:49 AM
xspace
Re: Concerned about my SZ Fretboard

Are you GuitslingerTim in HC?
01-18-2006 01:12 PM
Guitslinger
Re: Concerned about my SZ Fretboard

Rosewood never really dries out, it can't, it's too oily. Ask anyone that has heated the frets on a rosewood fingerboard during the course of removing them--rosewood is extremely oily. While it's true that the most preferred types of rosewood are dark, like Brazilian, some of the other sources for rosewood produce varieties that are naturally light in color, Indian rosewood comes in all kinds of colors for example, often with multi-colored streaks. The rosewood fingerboard on my Elitist Les Paul is very light in color and it was specially selected at the factory.

Dan Erlewine has voiced the opinion that the belief in rosewood fingerboards drying out is largely a myth.
01-16-2006 05:01 AM
marianozz
Re: Concerned about my SZ Fretboard

Again i say, try bore oil... you wont regret it!
01-16-2006 01:31 AM
j.arledge
Re: Concerned about my SZ Fretboard

bore oil is suppose to be really good stuff too, but some lemon oil should work fine . I have heard a lot about bore oil though , i think i'll have to try some.
01-16-2006 01:25 AM
germX
Re: Concerned about my SZ Fretboard

you can also try wood conditioner.

01-15-2006 11:02 PM
lloop9
Re: Concerned about my SZ Fretboard

I wld suggest you get some bore oil that classical woodwind players use and apply light coats, you dun want to wet the fretboard. Too much oil can dampen the tone.
01-15-2006 03:55 AM
isida.d
Re: Concerned about my SZ Fretboard

Thanks alot guys, i'll get some Lemon Oil to that fret board as soon as i can.
01-15-2006 02:31 AM
brothersnowgone
Re: Concerned about my SZ Fretboard

That fretboard does need some oil, but your friend is wrong. Rosewood can vary in shade greatly from one board to the next. Darker means better??? since when? I have a beautiful rosewood fretboard on one of my guitars that is fairly light, but because of that it shows lots of its beautiful grain. And most of the lower quality rosewood fretboards are darker to hide thier lack of quality grain, I know because I have low and high end guitars and the higher end the guitar the brighter that rosewood and you can see more of its grain and character.
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