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Author:  SeamusAran [ Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:47 pm ]
Post subject:  New 4003. My fretboard looks "foggy?"

I got my bass on March 29th. It was probably in the forties. I stupidly opened up the case before noticing the message on the box saying to not open the case until it acclimates to room temperature. Didn't notice any problems with the finish or anything, it didn't feel cold, etc.

But I just took a good look and noticed that the wood for frets 0-5 looked brighter. I looked closer and noticed it was kind of foggy? Does this sometimes happen with finishing, or was caused by climate?

Author:  Rickenbrother [ Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: New 4003. My fretboard looks "foggy?"

Wipe it with a 100% diaper cloth and see if there is a change. Maybe you got something on it and didn't realize it or it's your hand sweat.

Author:  SeamusAran [ Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: New 4003. My fretboard looks "foggy?"

I have barely touched it, and I vaguely remember noticing the fretboard seemed brighter near those frets the day I got. I just didn't notice that is was slight fogginess that made the wood look brighter. I gave it a good wipe down to no avail.

On the immediate sides of the frets, the finish is clear but after about 1.5mm from the fret the fogginess starts. It's squared shaped in between the frets. There's a very defined straight line, it does not look like it fades in like a gradient or anything.

Author:  Clifton [ Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:49 am ]
Post subject:  Re: New 4003. My fretboard looks "foggy?"

You might go to an automotive store and buy a car polish called Zymol. You can use this on the guitar body or fretboard to shine it up. It comes in a sky blue plastic bottle.

Author:  Schmidt [ Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: New 4003. My fretboard looks "foggy?"

It's called a pearl inlay :o) (Sorry, bad joke...)

Author:  coolhandjjl [ Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: New 4003. My fretboard looks "foggy?"

Why don't you return/exchange it? If the dealer won't help you, Ric warranties the finish for 1 year from date of manufacture. Give them a call.

Author:  SeamusAran [ Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: New 4003. My fretboard looks "foggy?"

Honestly, it does not bother me too much. I was just wondering if anyone knew what it might be. It seems like it is under the finish and can't be polished. Haven't tried yet though, but that is what it LOOKS like.

Mostly thought it was peculiar.

Author:  mojobebop [ Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: New 4003. My fretboard looks "foggy?"

i've read that the temperature rule doesn't apply to rics because of the type of finish they use.

Author:  Caifo [ Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:02 am ]
Post subject:  Re: New 4003. My fretboard looks "foggy?"

mojobebop wrote:
i've read that the temperature rule doesn't apply to rics because of the type of finish they use.


No, it actually does. If you expose a guitar (including Rickenbackers) to an abrupt change in temperature, a disaster may occur to the finish. There are many true horror stories about it in this forums.

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