Anybody darken an Indian Laurel fret board?

GerryL98

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I think my Ice Tea finish would pop with a darker fretboard. I've read about others ebonizing rosewood and darkening other rosewood alternative fretboards but nothing on Indian Laurel. I'm considering a Minwax stain since I have a few colors readily available in the garage. Anyone try this?
 

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This may be a silly comment but here goes. Do you normally oil your fret boards? I have built quite a few guitars over the last number of years and I have not oiled my boards as a rule. I just recently used some pure lemon oil on a EI rosewood board and was amazed at how dark it became.

There are quite a few fret board stains out there. Stew Mac sells them and you could fine the same product in something not "guitar" labelled and save some $$$ no doubt.

Cheers Peter.
 

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Fiebing's leather dyes work pretty well. You can get oil or alcohol based. For a fretboard, I would be inclined to go oil based, but I've never tried, so take that for what it's worth.
 

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....and I have not oiled my boards as a rule. ....

Cheers Peter.
Why not? Man...there's nothing I love more than getting to that final stage (usually during the set-up) of a new guitar build and oiling the fretboard for the first time. The thing just explodes with a deep richness!
 

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Why not? Man...there's nothing I love more than getting to that final stage (usually during the set-up) of a new guitar build and oiling the fretboard for the first time. The thing just explodes with a deep richness!
That is a very good question. TBH I have just never done it. It sure made a difference on my last build and I will always do it from now on.

Cheers Peter.
 

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Oiling rosewood works great. Always had good results with that. Oiling Indian Laurel didn't give me that "oh now that looks much better" reaction. Although I have only been using Dunlop's fretboard conditioner. I'm considering trying F-One oil but still looking for feedback specifically with this specific wood. Thanks
 


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