Seventh Posted March 19, 2007 Report Share Posted March 19, 2007 (edited) Hi folks. First post in a long time, so I hope it's in the right spot. I'm currently refurbing a 1990 RG550 that I've had since it was new. She was in rough shape, and as a kid I took VERY poor care of it. I decided to undergo bringing it back to life so to speak. The original body was lit on fire, and after a few hours of sanding I decided it was just too far gone to salvage (dents, dings, etc), so I picked up a rear-routed 570 body and got it ready for paint. I'm posting all my progress here: http://www.sevenstring.org/forum/showthread.php?t=23443 That said, I'm currently working on the neck until the weather gets a little nicer up here so that I can swirl the body. It's a maple neck/board. The back and headstock are coming along great - tons of sanding but the results are worth it, and it's kind of my penance for neglecting it so much as a kid. The problem I'm at now is that the fretboard itself is just really, really worn and full of black wear marks. I've sanded them a ton, and I'm nervous about taking off too much and ruining the inlays. Here's the original pic after a steel-wooling: And here's where I'm at now after an hour or so going at it with 200-300 grit: I just can't seem to get rid of the black, and since it's a maple fretboard I'm really, really hoping that I can avoid having to dye it, otherwise my freshly painted body, headstock and neck will be matched with a perpetually dirty fretboard. Any advice as to where to go from here would really be appreciated. I'm afraid to keep sanding because it hasn't done much so far, and as I said I don't want to redo the inlays. I really don't want to replace the board either, since it's got some serious sentimental value - I used to play air guitar to Number of the Beast and Too Fast for Love on this sucker before I could even play power chords. Cheers! - Chris Edited March 19, 2007 by Seventh Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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