Piece of fretboard came off

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  1. Vic2384

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    This happened while bending. Is this common for ebony? Specs say it’s macassar ebony. It came off in a few small splinters. I want to just leave it alone but was wondering if this area would get larger if a repair of some sorts isn’t done.
     

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    You could eventually glue those splinters back into place and fine sand the surface when all is dried... Or something else.

    Question, how does it feel to your fingers when playing?
     
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    It actually feels smooth. I was just thinking it would get worse and get bigger if I kept playing on that spot over time
     
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    I only see a badass battle scar. Rock on!
     
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    Just leave it be and rub a little snake oil in there and the rest of the board.
     
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    Snake oil does work wonders. :yesway:
     
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    Mix a little dark tint into some epoxy (nice epoxy like West System) to fill and lightly sand it if it really bothers you...it shouldn’t hurt anything the way it is though

    Ps...that’s a rosewood fretboard...that’s not ebony
     
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    It’s an Ltd SC-20. Specs say macassar ebony.
     
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    Same technique applies...no offense either, going off the photo it just appears very much rosewood in grain and color, my bad
     
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    None taken. I hope i didn’t sound like a jerk. I usually don’t like message boards for the reason things can sound a way you didn’t intend them to. Lol
     
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    How long ago did you get the guitar?

    I just looked and there is one on Sweetwater with a much tighter grain fretboard. Maybe you could return it and get a replacement? If not, I would just try and save the splinter and use THE SMALLEST amount of epoxy to reattach it.

    You could also probably use some grain filler and die the fretboard black, but that would be a little project you might not be interested in.
     
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    Superglue + some ebony dust. Apply to the board and sand smooth. Done.
     
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    This.

    Also, the pic looks much more like rosewood than ebony. Ebony usually has much tighter grain.

    Also avoid the snake oil. That shit goes rancid in no time.
     
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    Yeah, not to side rail the post again but ebony has a closed, tight “brushed” looking grain...I’ve never seen ebony with open cellulose voids that’s identical to rosewood like that. The color is also suspect when you combine them both...This isn’t the first time I’ve seen wood species mislabeled...I even looked at a couple SC-20 pics and now I’m even more skeptical that they’re all ebony fretboards. Maybe I should care less lol
     

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