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Given that mesquite isn't oily like ebony nor rosewood, though its hardness lies somewhere in between the two, how would you go about finishing this wood when used as a fretboard? Just a little bit of oil or should I spray a thin coat of lacquer like a maple fretboard? Please advise.

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Given that mesquite isn't oily like ebony nor rosewood, though its hardness lies somewhere in between the two, how would you go about finishing this wood when used as a fretboard? Just a little bit of oil or should I spray a thin coat of lacquer like a maple fretboard? Please advise.

I've got a couple of (non-guitar) pieces carved from mesquite that are finished in Danish oil. They look the same now--10 years later as they did when I first finished them. IMO mesquite is plenty hard and tough enough to go with an oil finish. A couple of guys have been talking up teak oil lately....

SR

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