Black Fingerboard Stain

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Ebony in a bottle!
Makes streaked ebony fingerboards and bridges uniformly black.

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Black Fingerboard Stain

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Ebony in a bottle!
Makes streaked ebony fingerboards and bridges uniformly black.

The days of harvesting uniformly black ebony wood are rapidly fading—in fact, most ebony today is streaked with brown and gray. Fiebing's black stain is a long-time guitar factory favorite for making ebony uniformly black ("ebonizes" other woods, too). LeatherColor™ is the new environmentally-friendlier formula. Wipe on, and wipe off the excess as needed.

Use it to darken new or old ebony fingerboards, bridges, tailpieces and peghead veneers on guitars, violins, mandolins and banjos. Unlike other black stains, Fiebings won't leave a bluish tint.
4-ounce bottle.

Tip: Clean the wood with naphtha and sand to 600-grit before staining. Mask off neck bindings, the nut, and any other areas you don't want to stain. Apply with a clean cloth or a brush, and be sure to wear protective gloves.

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Good Product!

By Tim777 from Lincoln, NE
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Good product. Does what it supposed to. The look is nice. Hard to tell from real ebony. I had purchased a maple fingerboard and decided halfway through my build that I preferred ebony. Unfortunately, I had already attached my fingerboard. I purchased this to stain as a inexpensive fix. It is really thin and a little goes a long way. I used a 1/2" flat brush to apply. I used Frog Masking Tape to protect the neck and even though I was super careful around the edges it bled through horribly. Fortunately, I planned on painting the outside edges of the neck so the stain won't show. If you are going to use this definitely stain the fingerboard BEFORE attaching.

Great for new and refininishing fingerboards

By Doug Raineault from Middletown, CT
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 20, 2014


I have used persimmon (with ebony) for years to make my own fret boards and bridges. The dye penetrates very well and once buffed, looks like black ebony. Also great for refinishing fingerboards that show streaking. I do suggest that you wear protective gloves and are careful when using it as a darkener on assembled instruments.

So much better than the hardware store stuff!

By This Shielding tape is great! from Santa Cruz, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 05, 2014


I've tried using "ebony" wood stain before to darken and stain different woods and it just doesn't work well at all. This stuff on the other hand is black as night and really stains well! I was amazed! Be careful though, it can be messy. It'll stain your hands too.

Be careful!

By tp from johnson city tn
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 30, 2014


Aghhhhhhh! this stain is so messy. do not make my mistake and get this on unstained raw wood neck. Please please please stain your neck before fingerboard. However, If applied correctly, it will make a beautiful fingerboard.

Honest review.

By Luthier from Arizona
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 17, 2013


The shipping and handling is perfect, with the product i was disappointed. Not as good as they say. and you have to use more than i though.

Works but most finishes bleed the stain.

By Robert1986 from Kalispell, Montana
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 13, 2013


Well, it works. I stained a fingerboard completely black with just 3 applications. A little careful clean up work with thinner and q-tips was needed to clean the abalone back up. I recommend applying, wipe off excess after a few minutes, and then let it sit for at least 4 hours before putting more on. The only problem I had with this was as soon as I put the tung oil over the board, it started bleeding out the stain. So after a couple coats my board was now dark brown. I tried a couple other finishes like Stew Macs fingerboard oil and still had the same effect. So watch out for that. It did what its supposed to do, just not sure how to finish it.

black

By Patrick Sundlof from Chicago, IL
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 08, 2013


it comes in an inferior container that ends up not being able to be closed fully and eats through the plastic back it came in originally take it from me put it in a glass jar within another glass jar and never move it from your bench. It works though but it is messy.

Works well, but... a few tips here

By Glenn Hughes from Oregon, MO
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 06, 2013


I've used this on several fretboards to darken the light/streaked rosewood. Clean well with naphtha and lightly sand or steel wool first, be careful to avoid inlays so they aren't scratched. Getting the fretboard clean and oil free is a must. Apply the dye... I use a q-tip, a little goes a long way! Usually a couple dips in the bottle with the q-tip will do the entire board. As stated before, wear rubber gloves if you don't want stained fingers, this stuff doesn't wash off. Not midnight black, but really helps if you don't like those pale streaky looking rosewood boards on cheap guitars.

Will stain abalone, but not pearl.

By Daniel Carbone from Arlington VA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 09, 2013


This is great stain. The second coat didn't make much difference so one coat should do it in most cases. One important note ... I did an Ibanez neck with the pyramid inlays made of pearl and abalone. The stain wiped right off the first inlay which is just pearl so I kept going and did the whole neck. Oops. The abalone in the other inlays came out completely black. I was able to scrape the stain off them with a razor blade and 400 grit sandpaper, but it took a full hour. Next time I'll cover them with wax before applying the stain.

It is black dye for leather.

By Commissioner from Norfolk, VA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 08, 2013


What I received is "Fiebings" Leather color. The bottle states:"penetrating leather dye for leather crafts, shoes and other smooth leather. Works OK but I thought I was buying something specific for guitars, banjos, etc., since it is sold as Black Fingerboard Stain on the Stewmac website. Leather dye is available locally costing less time and money.

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