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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.


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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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4.0

not so easy to use

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works well but probably would be better to apply before fretting and inlaying. Some instruments today are using wood that looks like blond rosewood that doesn't absorb Fretboard Finishing Oil very well. I'm 77 years old and grew up with ebony fingerboards so unless it's a Fender, light colored fingerboards just look inappropriate to me. Removing the stain from inlays can be very time consuming if they're larger than round dots. If I were building my own instrument I would try to get an ebony fingerboard and stain it before fretting and inlaying. Good product that does what it's supposed to do.

5.0

Excelente producto

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Me gusto mucho la textura que da a la madera y como puedo cubrir el desgaste del diapasón

3.0

Sort of works great

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Verified Buyer


I've used this on multiple rosewood fretboards.

1. Sometimes after its all done, the fretboard has a purplish hint to it.
2. Use it sparingly or else the stain flows into all the nooks and cranies and cracks.
3. The stain has ALWAYS darkened the inlays. Only way to remove it is to sand it off but then you sand off the wood too producing areas of missing stain. I've tried masking off the inlays.

5.0

Worked well with my streaky ebony fingerboard

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My OM style guitar features great solid woods but the streaky ebony fingerboard bothered me. A couple of coats of Higgins India ink sorted it. The process was simple: clean with naphta, sand up to 400 grit, couple of thin coats with ink, leave over night between coats and final wet polish using oil and fine steel wool. More uniform looking fretboard for sure.

5.0

Worked Great, follow instructions!

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Like all stains, prep is the key. You must use a naptha like solvent to get any oils off. Sanding is also a must. The surface has to be micro scratched for uniform appearance. I used 400 grit instead of 600, I wanted a very black appearance. When done, I noticed some fingerboard that had not taken the stain like the rest. No problem, its forgiving. Re-sand, use more naptha and do it again. There is a 3M sanding pen that is awesome for sanding in tight places and for sanding around the inlays. I used this on an Epiphone custom that had a typical, ho hum rosewood fingerboard. Now it looks like a real Les Paul Custom should look.

5.0

Works great!

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Verified Buyer


I stained the fretboard on my Squier Affinity P-Bass with this product and it worked great. Just a couple of thing I would like to add. First, carefully mask off the fretboard with lots of masking tape. This stuff is watery and will run off the fretboard. Second, it'll take quite a few coats to get a black ebony-like appearance. Third, don't put the neck back on the bass until ink no longer comes off by rubbing the fretboard. Fourth, store this and the brush you're using in a plastic bag, just in case. Good luck!

5.0

Great

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Worked great for the new Ebony bridge I made for my Gretsch. Make sure you wear gloves. It will quickly dye your skin and is hard to remove.

5.0

Awesome!

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This was really easy to use and blended well the other stain.

5.0

Great

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I followed directions. I basically sprayed nitro finish satin on the board after. This wouldn't allow smudging in case u sweat or water gets on it. The board loks like brazilian rosewood on my les paul

5.0

Sometimes things just have to look "right"

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Bought a new epiphone g400 pro , which was advertised as having a rosewood fretboard . When I got it in the mail it had the ugliest tan fretboard I have ever seen . Got the Higgens india ink and applied as per instructions , but when I went to wipe off the excess with a damp cloth after drying overnight too much ink came off . So I reapplied and dried it overnight. This time I wiped off the excess with a Dry cloth , which worked much better .Then I used some steel wool to clean up the frets and binding. Damp Q-tips were used to clean the ink off of the inlays .And now my fretboard is Black . Works Great !!!

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