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Fretboard Shine
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Author:  punkrockjock [ Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Fretboard Shine

My uncle has just purchased a vintage 330 from 1968. He wanted to know how to give the fret borad that slick feel & tremendous shine. Any info would help

Author:  jingle_jangle [ Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fretboard Shine

Depends on how good the original finish on that '68 is...If it looks like it's still there and in one piece, remove the strings. Are there any bare spots, where fingernails have worn into the wood? If so, then you must proceed carefully. Wipe the board down with naphtha on a rag. If there's a lot of gunk around the frets, carefully remove it. You can use the naphtha, but my personal favorite is Windex and a popsicle stick or tongue depressor.

When the frets are 'board are nice and clean, some Scratch-X and a soft cloth can be used to buff it up to a nice shine. Wax afterward.

If Scratch-X doesn't work, try 3M Perfect-it III or Perfect-It 3000. It's a bit more aggressive. Under no circumstances should you use any coarse automotive rubbing compound in a can (like DuPont #44). It's far too harsh for this sort of use.

If the finish is just plain worn, live with it or have the board reconditioned, refretted and refinished. This will cost you the better part of $450.00 at a Rick specialist.

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