Black Fingerboard Stain

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Black Fingerboard Stain

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Black Fingerboard Stain

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.

California Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 information.

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Works good

(Customer's Reviews)

A little goes a long way. This should last 10 years. Recommended.


Good Product!

(Customer's Reviews)

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

(Customer's Reviews)

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.

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