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Staining Fingerboard And Neck

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Is it best to stain the fingerboard and neck before installing the frets, or after.

Do you stain directly over the fret (wire) and then clean it back when dressing, or do you tape them off?

What other methods have you guys tried to get a good finish in this area?

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I wouldn't call myself too experienced, but I would stain before fretting. you can rub the stain better, and probably get a less patchchy result. and the stain probably wouldn't soak under the frets too well, so if you change to smaller frets some day it will have bits with out stain. also I cant see why you would stain after fretting anyway, just doesn't seem right to me.

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