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Hi all, this is my first post on these forums, despite visiting the main site many times over the last few years! So, hello.. my name is chris from the UK :D

I'll get right to it.. I have recently started to scallop an ebony fretboard (11-22nd fret), its not the first time ive scalloped a neck but it is the first ebony one done. I have noticed that where I have sanded the ebony its gone an off colour (very light) am I right in thinking that if I keep go through finer grits, 1000-2000 it will bring that nice dark ebony look back out? I also plan to polish the neck with lemon oil when done. Or is there something more involved.

Thanks for any help, just want to make sure I have the supplies to do the job right!

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Hi Chris,

Sounds like you have cut into an ebony board that has been dyed. Some builders do that for a consistent color. You can leave it natural. Lemon oil will darken it a little, and fine sandpaper will burnish it smooth and shiny. Or dye it to restore the black finish. Stew-Mac has the stuff. I've never used it, but they say it works.

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishing_supp...oard_Stain.html

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Hi Chris,

Sounds like you have cut into an ebony board that has been dyed. Some builders do that for a consistent color. You can leave it natural. Lemon oil will darken it a little, and fine sandpaper will burnish it smooth and shiny. Or dye it to restore the black finish. Stew-Mac has the stuff. I've never used it, but they say it works.

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishing_supp...oard_Stain.html

Ah thats a bit of a drag but seems pretty strait forward to sort out, guess id just sand to finish then apply the stain and polish up?

Cheers, Chris.

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have you got a pic? We will be able to tell you if its dyed or not

its hard to know without a pic as rougher ebony will look greyer than totally smooth ebony - it may well be that sanding really smooth and re-oiling will be enough to get it back - but we cant say for sure without a picture

also, if it is stained , the stuff from stew-mac can be found easily in the UK for a few quid so its not a major problem

http://www.google.co.uk/products?q=black+f...;hl=en&aq=f

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have you got a pic? We will be able to tell you if its dyed or not

its hard to know without a pic as rougher ebony will look greyer than totally smooth ebony - it may well be that sanding really smooth and re-oiling will be enough to get it back - but we cant say for sure without a picture

also, if it is stained , the stuff from stew-mac can be found easily in the UK for a few quid so its not a major problem

http://www.google.co.uk/products?q=black+f...;hl=en&aq=f

Hey man, here's a pic on the neck.. havnt finished the job yet, doing it by hand! So just one fret a day while im refinishing my body with tru-oil, only sanded up to 320 grit atm.

350wacz.jpg

Had a quick look on google myself, nice to know it wont be a problem getting the stain if I need it.. tbh Im used to having higher frets scalloped so im not too bothered about having to re-stain if thats the case, needs a must! :D

Thanks for the advice man! Chris.

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make sure you use the correct DYE, made for dying leather, not a stain. Check on Sm for the name of the correct product.

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