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Bocote for Fretboard - Yay or Nay???


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Hello Friends,

I have a beeeeeauuuutiful piece of Bocote that I resawed that I thought might make a great fretboard.  My favorite guitar that I have owned had an ebony fretboard (1988 Peavey Vandenberg).  So now I am second guessing myself as I often do.  Has anyone used Bocote for a fretboard and, if so, does is sand down hard and smooth?  Or is it a little too porous?  Sometimes a Rosewood fretboard seems a little "sticky" when bending the strings.  I was wondering if the Bocote might have too much natural oil to be good.  Your thoughts and advice is always welcome and appreciated.   Here is a pic!   Beauty, huh??

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Pretty sure there have been builds featured here before where bocote was used for the fret board.

The high oil content may necessitate the use of epoxy when gluing it to a neck, as regular PVAs might struggle to get a grip on it.

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I have used bocote for a fretboard. It's hard and smooth when polished. Good stuff.

Two things: It smells like dill pickles when you sand it , and over time it darkens. You'll lose a lot of that contrast in the grain. Not all, but at least half.

SR

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