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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Black Fingerboard Stain

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By Zamar Guitar School from Bowling Green, Ky or USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I am building a guitar and the fretboard I had for it was rosewood and completely assembled by the time I heard about this product. still I taped off the fretboard and used this and am amazed at how awesome it looks. looks like an ebony fretboard. the only bad side is the container does leak so be careful.

Good stuff

By agnusguitars from champaign, il
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 17, 2011

Works as advertised and stains with a solid consistent color. Error was on my part as I stained the fretboard and headstock veneer before working with them. Even though I removed the excess and allowed to dry over 24 hours it still kept staining my fingers and the binding work I later did. Works great but I need more practice.


By Harv from Arnold Missouri
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 28, 2011

I work on prewar banjos 9 times out of 10 the finger boards are split i like keeping everything to original this allows you to save that fingerboard with the help of timbermate Rustic Ebony for fill along with this dye it looks like it is new you have to clean the board or it wont work properly i apply to the wood when about 3/4 dry i work it in with 400 silicone sand paper taking a cloth and rubed what i just sanded it works it into the wood i wipe it clean and apply a couple of more coats

Then just before it drys i dab a cloth on it later i get super fine steel wool 0000 and lightly buff you will get a wonderful finish again if you are not getting your supplies here you are really missing out

Saw a MINI-Wax commercial and...

By Roman Warrior from Marietta, GA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 12, 2011

I tried MINI-Wax to ebonize my fretboard and it didn't work... bought the pre treat stuff that's supposed to work better with still minimal results (only slight darkening of rosewood)...

THIS IS THE REAL DEAL!!! The bottle said its for horse saddles but it works better than any other stain i used and blew them away. If you want an ebonized (black stained) fretboard this is what you need!

Oil dye

By Donny from lock haven,  pa,  USA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, December 16, 2010

Loved this stuff it worked some well. I was restoring an really old guitar. I had the non rose wood fret board sanded down and I apply about three layers of this oil dye it. Works great and easy to apply with a tiny paint brush

Fingerboard Stain

By Glen from Dunedin, Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 31, 2010

The stain is fine - does what it's supposed to do. But the stain is in a flexible plastic bottle. After I used it, I recapped the bottle and picked it up along with a few other tools. To my surprise, the black stain came out of the bottle around the cap and got all over my hands and dripped on my bench. Thankfully my project wasn't affected but I ended up with quite a mess. If you get this dye, handle it carefully, or transfer it to a glass jar.

Excellent Results!

By Chris Cordle from North Muskegon, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 24, 2010

I used this with a small brush on a rosewood fretboard that was bound and had inlays previously installed and found the stain very workable. The results were excellent and really made quite the difference in the overall appearance of the instrument.

I did find that using the small brush and minimal dye led to having to do a second coat in some areas.

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