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Post subject: Fretboard finish for best longevity, low-maintenance?
Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:15 am
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Hi,

I was planning to get a new MIA Strat sometime in the future, and was wondering about different finish options for fretboards that are available.

My understanding is that a finished fretboard (e.g., a glossy urethane finish on some maple fretboards) will be less susceptible to losing moisture or absorbing moisture / dirt and stuff from your fingers than something unsealed like a rosewood, and would therefore require less maintenance (cleaning, oiling).

If so, if I want the best durability and want to minimize maintenance required, are there options available in the current lineup of MIA Strats?

It looks like for the professional series, neither the maple or rosewood fretboards have a finish on them. I know older maple fretboards used to have a gloss urethane finish, but I guess that's gone now? If all options available are unfinished, which one's the best out of those for durability?


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Post subject: Re: Fretboard finish for best longevity, low-maintenance?
Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:28 pm
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No finish on the fret board may be the best IMO ; no scratch on the finish,.
Just put once year (?) lemon oil.


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Post subject: Re: Fretboard finish for best longevity, low-maintenance?
Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:34 pm
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First step you should play one of each see what you like..
I hadn't heard that there was no finish on the pro maple board where did you get that info?
Maple will wear over time but you will probably need a refret b4 it becomes an issue.
Refret on a rosewood is easier since it does not require a refin.
I would not get to worried with oil maint etc and I think with my strats at least rosewood shows less signs of wear. :)


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Post subject: Re: Fretboard finish for best longevity, low-maintenance?
Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:09 pm
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I live in two places. One is more prone to rain and damp. I have maple neck guitars here as the necks are sealed and more stable in that environment as a result. They also don't need oiling.

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