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#1: White streaks on rosewood fingerboard?

Posted on 2006-01-17 21:24:30 by mlsmailguard-gugul

Anyone seen this before - a rosewood board with white streaks in the
grain - does this mean the wood is dried out, or perhaps that the
previous owner had sweaty salty hands? I'd like to get this neck back
to a nice dark brown - is there a way to remove the white streaks, or
is there an preferred oil to rub into rosewood to restore it?

Thanks,
Max

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#2: Re: White streaks on rosewood fingerboard?

Posted on 2006-01-17 21:33:08 by LarryV

I think it just means it's dried out. I use Guitar Honey to condition
my fretboards and it works fantastic. Spray a small amount on the
fretboard and wipe it off. Works better than lemon oil or anything
else I've ever used.

<a href="http://www.gerlitzguitarproducts.com/html/guitar_honey.html" target="_blank">http://www.gerlitzguitarproducts.com/html/guitar_honey.html</a>

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#3: Re: White streaks on rosewood fingerboard?

Posted on 2006-01-17 21:37:04 by LarryV

Also, a small bottle of this will last you a long time!!

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#4: Re: White streaks on rosewood fingerboard?

Posted on 2006-01-17 22:09:44 by derek

The other option is that streak is sapwood in the original piece of
wood used. In that case no product other than a dye will change it.

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#5: Re: White streaks on rosewood fingerboard?

Posted on 2006-01-17 23:28:18 by tombrown

That's just low end rosewood. Oil it up like you would any other
rosewood board and then don't worry about it. Or you could always dye
it if you don't like the appearance.

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#6: Re: White streaks on rosewood fingerboard?

Posted on 2006-01-18 03:09:05 by resophil

Max S. wrote:
&gt; Anyone seen this before - a rosewood board with white streaks in the
&gt; grain -

Geez, you'd think the stuff grew on trees, wouldn't ya?

White streaks ARE indicative of sapwood in the wood. When the tree
grows (and many species are the same) the new layers of wood on the
outside of the tree are lighter coloured, sometimes strikingly
cream-cloured. As the tree gets bigger and the new outer layers (the
sapwood) get to be larger diameter, the inner rings darken and this is
the wood we know. Doesn't mean that the wood is lesser quality or
anything, just means that ii is newer growth. Ebony is typically died
all black to hide the lighter streaks in it.

Ever seen a walnut log? Good ol' American black walnut? The contrast
between sapwood and heartwood is striking. If it bugs you that much get
some leather dyes and apply sparingly. (Note: if you've already gunked
up your fingerboard with all this other crap, forget it! You'll
probably have so much silicone on your fingerboard that nothing will
apply evenly to it!) Fingerboards don't need sprays, lotions,
lubricants, oils, and the like. My fingerboards have been played for 35
years with nothing but good old sweat applied to them! They haven't
cracked although I live in a very dry climate, especially in winter.

-Phil Howe

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#7: Re: White streaks on rosewood fingerboard?

Posted on 2006-01-18 05:42:09 by thom_j

&lt;<a href="mailto:tombrown&#64;jhu.edu" target="_blank">tombrown&#64;jhu.edu</a>&gt; wrote:
&gt; That's just low end rosewood. Oil it up like you would any other
&gt; rosewood board and then don't worry about it. Or you could always dye
&gt; it if you don't like the appearance.
&gt;
Or fancy it up with some raw umber &amp; burnt sienna magic markers?
artiste' tee'

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#8: Re: White streaks on rosewood fingerboard?

Posted on 2006-01-18 05:43:03 by hepkatreetaroonie

On Tue, 17 Jan 2006 23:42:09 -0500, &quot;thom_j.&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:thom_j2000&#64;yahoo.com" target="_blank">thom_j2000&#64;yahoo.com</a>&gt;
wrote:

&gt;&lt;<a href="mailto:tombrown&#64;jhu.edu" target="_blank">tombrown&#64;jhu.edu</a>&gt; wrote:
&gt;&gt; That's just low end rosewood. Oil it up like you would any other
&gt;&gt; rosewood board and then don't worry about it. Or you could always dye
&gt;&gt; it if you don't like the appearance.
&gt;&gt;
&gt;Or fancy it up with some raw umber &amp; burnt sienna magic markers?
&gt;artiste' tee'
&gt;

I say a cold chisel and a mallet and off that mutha.









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I have had to be diligent. Anyone with equal diligence would have done as much.
Johann Sebastian Bach

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#9: Re: White streaks on rosewood fingerboard?

Posted on 2006-01-18 16:35:56 by jurupari

Anyone seen this before - a rosewood board with white streaks in the
grain - does this mean the wood is dried out, or perhaps that the
previous owner had sweaty salty hands?

White streaks in a used instrument may be an indication that the
previous owner had really really bad GAS and became, uh, somewhat, er,
excessively involved with his instrument in an, um, rather
anthropomorphic way...

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#10: Re: White streaks on rosewood fingerboard?

Posted on 2006-01-18 16:51:32 by derek

If you decide to dye it a uniform color, you will have to strip the
wood, and use an water based analyne wood dye. I am pretty sure this
is how most manufacturers get the uniform color on less expensive
guitars. Of course, a luthier would be able to tell you the exact
proceedure.

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#11: Re: White streaks on rosewood fingerboard?

Posted on 2006-01-21 18:45:38 by archtopshop

There's a very good chance this is dried polish of some sort. I would
scrub the fingerboard with naptha and then wipe it off real well. It
will probably disappear.

Max S. &lt;<a href="mailto:mlsmailguard-gugul&#64;yahoo.com" target="_blank">mlsmailguard-gugul&#64;yahoo.com</a>&gt; wrote:

&gt; Anyone seen this before - a rosewood board with white streaks in the
&gt; grain - does this mean the wood is dried out, or perhaps that the
&gt; previous owner had sweaty salty hands? I'd like to get this neck back
&gt; to a nice dark brown - is there a way to remove the white streaks, or
&gt; is there an preferred oil to rub into rosewood to restore it?
&gt;
&gt; Thanks,
&gt; Max

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