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Hi all, I just purchased an old second hand J custom with an ebony fretboard and I noticed some lightish brown stains on the fingerboard. Under the brown stains there appears to be some wood grain as well. Could this be a sign that the ebony has dried out and cracked? Many thanks and take care.

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contrary to popular belief, ebony can have lighter sections.

check out stewmac.com - they sell a stain for ebony that evens out the appearance.
 

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Almost every company now stains ebony their is almost no jet black ebony left thus it is almost always stained you have mostly likely simply worn through that. Fretboard wear is common on older guitar my 1938 gibson archtop has almost been scalloped out their is so much wear on the fretboard
 
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