Black Fingerboard Stain

Black Fingerboard Stain

Black Fingerboard Stain

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Black Fingerboard Stain

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Higgins India Ink is like ebony in a bottle!
Makes streaked ebony fingerboards and bridges uniformly black.

The days of harvesting uniformly black ebony wood are rapidly fading—most ebony today is streaked with brown and gray. Higgins India Ink has become our favorite for making ebony uniformly black ("ebonizes" other woods, too). 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.

Higgins India Ink is non-toxic and non-flammable. It mixes well with other colorings to make dark tints and finishes darker. Unlike many black stains, Higgins ink is truly black—won't leave a bluish tint.

2-ounce bottle.

    How to apply:
  • Clean the wood with naphtha and sand to 600-grit.
  • Mask off the nut, binding and anything you don't want to stain.
  • Wear gloves. Apply with a brush or cloth.
  • Let the board dry overnight.
  • When dry, rub off excess pigment with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Let the board dry overnight again.
  • Rub with 0000 steel wool to burnish and remove any last pigment.

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

For ebony streaks, use black fingerboard stain

Erick Coleman shows why black fingerboard stain is a standard item in any guitarmaker's shop, including the big name builders.

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5.0

Great stuff

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I bought that black ink because one of my friends wanted me to stain the Pau Ferro fingerboard of his Fender Strat...
The instructions were easy to follow and the end result was really nice...

5.0

excelente  gracias

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excelente para el trabajo . muchas gracias aparte de la seriedad de la empresa gracias

4.0

I didn’t follow the directions

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I didn’t follow the directions. I had already sanded the fretboard to 12000 with micromesh, so it was glossy smooth. The ink went on fine and dried nicely, but a day later, when I wiped off the ink, the rosewood fretboard was a bit darker, but not like ebony. Oiling it will darken it a bit more. I might try using “rough” 600 grit and then micromesh after that, but perhaps not. I love a very smooth fretboard.

5.0

Exelente

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Exelente producto

5.0

Great stuff!

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This stuff worked great. I put it on (with a glue brush), I wiped off the excess with a rag, then took off all the masking tape and wiped the places where it dripped a little with the Naphtha (also great stuff) and let it sit over night. The next day I rubbed it down with some 0000 steel wool, and it looks great. I did this to a Cordoba Guitar Mini, who's rosewood fingerboard looked "cheap"... and now it looks like a beautiful ebony board!

2.0

Nice color, but ...

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The color is nice and black, but a waterproof dye would certainly be better. The damp fingertips of a perspiring guitar player will get black. I bought 2 bottles, but I won't use it for this purpose, I am sorry to say.

5.0

A must for any rosewood neck

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If you are in need of fixing, restoring or for any reason need to refinish your rosewood neck, this is the fix. I have ordered this for year on StewMac and I love the look of a darker almost black finish on my necks. If you are restoring and need to do any type of fix, this is it.

5.0

Huge help!

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This is some of the richest Ebony stain I have used! Super easy to apply, and easy to work with. Great coverage! Will buy again, when I run out.

5.0

Very Handsome Finish

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Worked exactly as advertised. Easy to wipe off binding, inlays, frets after application, and gave a VERY dark and handsome finish on the light rosewood fingerboard I applied it to.

Not a uniform blackening of the fingerboard in my case where my fingerboard had some variation in lighter and darker grains, but rather a very dark variegated finish.

An F-One oil treatment on Day 3 was the final step to seal a finish that I think created a beautiful variegated "ebonized" fingerboard on my Gibson SG that did not weep onto my hand at all after following the drying directions.

This worked great, and I'm an amateur at this. I see no evidence of this finish going anywhere other than straight into the wood grain and only wearing off through normal fingerboard wear.

It looks like a pro did it.

5.0

Works like a charm

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Who would have thunk it!! India ink to stain a fingerboard. I have a violin with an ebony fingerboard, but it has a light-colored "skunk stripe" right down the center. I used the stain and it positively worked flawlessly. By all means use 0000 steel wool for finishing. There is no blueish cast. It looks positively natural. So natural in fact that I felt guilty that I was forging and doctoring the instrument for deceptive purposes. But since it won't be sold, no harm done. Highest recommendation.

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