Polishing/shining a rosewood fretboard

Guitar Rod

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I have previously scraped the rosewood fretboards on my guitars and they feel smooth and look great, but they have a matte finish. I really love the almost glossy look that a lot of vintage LP fretboards have attained through years of playing and conditioning. What's the best way to get that glossy look on a rosewood fretboard (besides decades of playing ;))?

On-hand I've got 0000 steel wool, white Scotch-Bright pads, and heavy brown paper bag which I heard is good for such a thing. Used the later two on one guitar and the paper bag did the best job out of the two, but it wasn't the heavier thicker paper bag at the time.
 

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It doesn't take decades. My current No. 1 went from medium brown to practically black, with that glossiness you're talking about, in less than two years just from daily playing.
 

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Yup, it's getting shiny in the areas I play, but there's a lot of fretboard I won't hit anytime soon.

I actually rubbed my finger around one fret and it shined it up a bit. Afraid if I do the whole thing like that I won't have any fingerprints left.
 


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