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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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5.0

Fingerboard stain

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Verified Buyer


A very good product. Well satisfied.

5.0

Perfect result

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Verified Buyer


Works perfect on my acoustic guitar. Removing the last pigment is important.

5.0

Great stain!

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Verified Buyer


I got this for the ebony fingerboard I ordered. Did not need to stain the board. I did try it on some rosewood and it works great. Good to have on your shelf.

4.0

not so easy to use

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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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.

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