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do you use any type of stain/protectant/clear coat on a fingerborad before fretting/ finishing the fingerboard or is it left bare wood.

First to answer the easy question!

It depends on the kind of wood you're using. Finish maple. Leave rosewood bare, or put a little lemon oil on it. Then there's the crazy folks that play with epoxy. :D

Hope that helps!


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What are you finishing the rest of the neck with? Conventional wisdom would say to match them, I think. Your best bet is to do some reading and then make a decision, rather than letting someone else do it for you. Finishing isn't easy. Try some searching on the Inlay and Finishing boards here, and look around the internet. Post pictures of your progress too, so everyone can see!

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