Staining a rosewood fretboard

Davidh

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Hey Guys,

I'm planning to build a strat with a dark rosewood fingerboard, however Warmoth just told me they can't pick a particularly dark rosewood fretboard...
That pretty much sucks but I was thinking that I might stain the fingerboard myself when I get it.

Has anybody got any experience with staining, did you get good results? and what did you use?

Thank alot!

David.
 

Wyliee

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Take a look at the unique pick fingerboard options and select the exact fingerboard you like.  You might find the Indian Rosewood to your liking.
 

SrDeMaFp

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I've done it and used Fiebing's oil leather dye. Worked great and still looks good. I believe this is the same that Stew-Mac sells.
 

-CB-

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you can get the Fiebings in a few colors too... from black to reddish brown, to walnut, to chocolate... lots of nice stuff .. AND you can mix it too for intermediate - ie, reddish brown plus black.
 

Davidh

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Yeah they suggested the unique pick fingerboards too, but those are mainly different grains and not colourings, unfortunately...

So SrDeMaFp you used a leather dye?! What made you do that?
 

blue313

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StewMac sells it in black if you want to see it.
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishing_supplies/Colors,_tints,_and_stains/1/Black_Fingerboard_Stain/Pictures.html#details

I can't say that I've used it, but if CB likes it....it works.
 

-CB-

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I've got some here in dark dark brown.  I dont know the color... the label is all stained over.  Its old, its from my leatherworking adventures...  and its one nasty bugger to get offa yer fingers.  I mean it damn near dyes to the bone.

If you google the new Tandy Leather Co, they sell it, will ship to you, may have a store local.
 

SrDeMaFp

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Davidh said:
So SrDeMaFp you used a leather dye?! What made you do that?

Mostly the fact that I'm a tinkerer by heart. The board was really light and I wanted to make the board look like ebony so, I gave it a shot. Worked like a charm. :icon_thumright:
 
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