Staining a rosewood fretboard?

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  1. leftyguitarjoe

    leftyguitarjoe Correct-handed

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    I'm thinking of doing a neat stain on the neck of my bass once the defretting process is complete. I was thinking of doing orange or red highlights to accentuate the 3TS finish on the body of the bass. I still want the majority of the fretboard to be close regular color. I just want the grain to pop in a different color.

    Does this sound plausible? Can it look good or will it look like crap?
     
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    Why no ebony stain?
     
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    Unless the fretboard is extremely light in color (light not dry), you're not really going to see much color, especially oranges or reds which are similar to the brown tones already apparent in most all cheaper Rosewood.

    When you go to the hardware store to look at stain, you'll notice they'll usually have a display or even show on the can what a certain stain will look like over dark and light colored woods.

    Now, if you want to do something cool, mix together some different colored filler and use that when filling the fret slots. There was a guy on Talkbass some years back that filled in the lines on a Maple boarded P-Bass with bright blue filler/epoxy. Matched the basses teal color wonderfully.
     
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    mix the dye with wood filler then scrape it across the grain let it sit for 5 mins then wipe it off with a t shirt or rag preferably something that wont leave little hairs on it, that's what i did with my guitar and it looks amazing and was fast and easy.
     
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    Any pics?
     
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