Pau Ferro fingerboard seems dry

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by nickurso, Aug 3, 2020.

  1. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

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    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    I have a 2019 MIM strat with a pau Ferro fingerboard and it seems dry to me. Is this how they are or can I get it closer to rosewood board when it’s oiled ? I have used lemon oil on the fingerboard but it still seems dry

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  2. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Pau Ferro boards are lighter in hue than rosewood, possibly making them look dry, but should have the same oil content as rosewood.

    You can condition the fretboard and assess how dry it is by how much it soaks up any oil.
     
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  3. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Yeah, it's just the way it is, oil won't make it significantly darker. Just condition it every time you change strings and it'll be fine.
     
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  4. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

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    thanks guys
     
  5. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

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    Just put more oil into it. When it it is soaked enough it will show clearly. Whipe off the rest and you will be fine, Nick.
     
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  6. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Try some F-One fingerboard conditioner.

    Best "over the counter" fretboard conditioner that I've used.
     
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  7. sgarnett

    sgarnett Gretschie

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    Apr 14, 2020
    Kentucky
    I think the need for oiling Pau Ferro and Rosewood is GREATLY exaggerated. PF works fine as a fingerboard, but you can’t turn it into RW with oil, or turn RW into PF by drying it out. Both woods vary considerably in color (and Brazilian RW varied even more).
     
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  8. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    PNW
    Pau Ferro often feels "soapy" to me, but not dry....
     
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  9. JT19

    JT19 Gretschie

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    Nov 28, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Pau Ferro does tend to look dry... but the PF fretboard on my Epiphone Casino Coupe actually felt fantastic. I just had to stop letting my eyes trick my brain into thinking it was dry because it was lighter in color than the rosewood fretboards I was so used to playing.

    When I closed my tricksy eyes, my fingers told my brain that everything was just fine.

    That's a great-looking Strat, and I really like the look of the fretboard on it, too!
     
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  10. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

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    Yeah I don’t want to over oil it. I’ve given it a few coats since I’ve owned it and I’m not worried about the color it just feels dry and maybe that’s just how it is
     
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  11. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

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    Thanks! This guitar is gonna get upgraded with SD lipstick pick ups soon. It’s a great playing guitar I was just curious about the fingerboard
     
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  12. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    That’s a lovely looking Strat to include the character on the board.

    My recent offset Tele is supposed to have rosewood. It’s lighter in color than I’m used to and appears dry, but it’s not. It kind of makes me wonder if it’s Pau Ferro despite being advertised as Rosewood. I don’t know, it’s probably simply a different species of rosewood. Whatever it is it feels and sounds great. I think as @JT19 pointed out, our eyes simply trick our brains at times. As usual it’s hard to capture the color in digital form.

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  13. sgarnett

    sgarnett Gretschie

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    Apr 14, 2020
    Kentucky
    Ever look at the back of a Martin D-35 or OM-35? They are made of three pieces of rosewood. The outer thirds are book matched. The inner third is usually a contrasting color. It’s all Indian Rosewood.

    Nobody told the trees they should all look the same.
     
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  14. SAguitar

    SAguitar Gretschie

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    Jan 17, 2020
    Oregon
    You can stain it a shade or two darker if it suits you.
     
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  15. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Every wood has it's "characterists."

    What I like about the F-One, it brings the best out of each type of wood.

    It doesn't darken, leave a gloss finish, or anything other than clean and treat the fretboard with natural products.

    Not being an F-One fan boy, but over the decades, I've tried a whole lot of different latest and greatest conditioners.

    This stuff is my all time favorite, and does a very nice job.

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  16. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

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    it’s not the color. I dont think it looks dry because it’s a lighter color and I’m
    Not trying to make it into rosewood I’m
    Just concerned that the wood itself is dry and I don’t want to cause problems by it being dried out and cracking
     
  17. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta
    I never heard of Pau Ferro until SRV. Now everybody is using it!
     
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  18. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    A very thin coat of boiled linseed oil may help. It'll be sticky and smell like putty for a few days, but it dries hard and will darken the colour a fraction.
     
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  19. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    Hey Nick,

    don‘t use lemon oil.
    Best for fretboards is bored linseed oil or, as G5422T recommended, F-one.
    Linseed oil turns the fretboard also darker.
     
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  20. sgarnett

    sgarnett Gretschie

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    Apr 14, 2020
    Kentucky
    Understood, but I think concerns about dry fretboards are WAY overblown online. Yes, it is possible, but VERY little oil or wax is needed to address that. The natural oil from your fingers is often plenty, or maybe an annual wipe with polish.

    While I’ve never tried boiled linseed oil on a fretboard (only on canvas), it is a drying oil, so there’s a limit to how much will soak in over time. Wax-based treatments are self-limited too (unless they contain a lot of solvent).

    Mineral oil and lemon oil never dry, so trying to soak in as much oil as the wood can hold could very well be soaking it all the way through, potentially affecting the glue or even soaking into the neck. Yuck. Granted, many do it without ever having a problem unless they need some future repair to their oil-soaked wood.
     
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