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Unread 02-29-2012, 10:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fender maple fretboard wear

For my Tele project, I've decided to relic the neck to look something like this:


2 questions:
what exactley are the dark spots on the fretboard?

and how can I mimick them?
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Unread 02-29-2012, 11:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Fender maple fretboard wear

The dark spots are where the finish has worn off the fretboard, and the raw wood has oxidized and turned very dark. In order to do this, you need to remove the finish in those spots, then get the wood to oxidize or 'get dirty'. It's not easy to pull this off convincingly.
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Unread 02-29-2012, 11:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Fender maple fretboard wear

Best accomplished by playing.

I've never seen a fake maple board job that didn't look fake. Really, really, fake.
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Re: Fender maple fretboard wear

I think wearing it down looking authentic is the hardest part. As long as you get that part down, the colors will start to show up just by playing it. the sweat and dirt from your finger tip will get the job done pretty quickly. it happened to me road worn tele. It came with the fretboard already worn through the finish but the color of the wood was still a little bright. In a matter of a month of playing the guitar every night (and not cleaning the fretboard) it was already very noticeable.

Like I said at the beginning its really hard to make the missing chunks of finish look natural, so definitely look for as much reference as possible. There is plenty out there on the web.
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Re: Fender maple fretboard wear

try to find close-up shot of worn fretboards and study them as much as possible before you attempt it.
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Re: Fender maple fretboard wear

that hard huh, guess I'll just let it happen with time.
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Re: Fender maple fretboard wear

Well the wearing of the finish will take forever I'm not gonna lie. We are talking years of daily use to get it to the point you are talking about. (of course this depends on how think the finish is, but even still I think it will take years of use to get it to look reliced)

I'd say take your time, study the reference pictures and do it when you feel comfortable.
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Re: Fender maple fretboard wear

Wow, that guitar looks like it's seen a few gigs.

I have an AmS tele that I bought from a music store that had a flood. the guitar was literally under water. I dried it out and it's as new; however, the finish on the maple board chipped off in spots and after playing it for a year or so it looks like it's a lot older than it actually is. You could throw yours in a lake for a day or two . j/k. I say forgo the relic and just play the thing, HARD!
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Re: Fender maple fretboard wear

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what exactley are the dark spots on the fretboard?
Black dot inlays.

Sorry, couldn't resist
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Re: Fender maple fretboard wear

TBH i dont get with the whole relic idea, i like the aged color etc but wear and tear should be made by yourself IMO
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Re: Fender maple fretboard wear

This is how the board turned out on my '56 replica....

Not saying its brilliant, but it does look pretty convincing in the flesh.

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Re: Fender maple fretboard wear

^ I need an outside pic of that one
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Re: Fender maple fretboard wear

My camera is a bit crap, .... but I did just go outside in my pants to take it.....

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Re: Fender maple fretboard wear

Well that DOES look convincing. And I imagine that it will look 99.9% "real" in a few years!
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Re: Fender maple fretboard wear

The reason they look fake is often the wear pattern, rubbing against the grain as much of the loss is through original laquer application thickness and paint hardening/chipping over time, plus the guitarist doesn't often play the "whole" neck.

Look at the Tele, it's only noticeably worn up to fret 15 and from 7-15 it's only the top few strings...!!
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Re: Fender maple fretboard wear

If you want reference photos. Go to eddievegas.com. He takes a ton of close up pictures and you'll see how the fretboard wears over time
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Re: Fender maple fretboard wear

Yeah definitely you don't see the whole neck worn unless your someone like Brad Paisley or something haha. If you find a old guitar that the guy played cowboy chords on you might not find things worn higher than the 7th fret.. I have certain patterns I wear but don't come close to wearing as much as some of the really good players on here..

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