Dirty D Rock wrote:
I sanded down my neck and it feels great got all that poly off was wondering any tips to do the fretboard? I cant take frets off im not that inclined, and any tips how to relic it a little maybe make it dirty and worn in. Thanks guys
I've got to assume that you have a Maple fretboard from the gloss description.
You can sand it, but be careful around the soft fret material it would be easy to sand them down at the same time and you don't want that. Maple must have a finish of some kind on it or it turns grey, which is the relic look you ask about. Most of those have faux finger marks on the fretboard to mimic a lot of play wear in the most used spots.
I had to refinish a Jimmie Vaughan neck recently due to a really poor factory finish, but I used a spray satin urethane and didn't leave relic markings.
The first pic is my Jimmie neck, it's really painstaking sanding just the fretboard, spraying it without getting dust, etc. and finally scraping the frets clean.
This pic is an actual '58 Strat and is about as dirty lookin' as any I've ever seen.
This is a Fender Custom Shop Heavy Relic '57 Strat.
Hope that helps you. - Dan