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    Maple fretboard finish options

    Brain picking time. No doubt this has been answered before but never having owned or built a guitar with a maple fretboard i need some help. Im looking to build a jazz bass with a maple fretboard but im unsure how to finish it. Is it usually finished the same as the back of the neck? Any advice greatly appreciated

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    Hi Thigg, plenty of ways to do it from using wax, lemon oil, or same neck finish all over which is my preference.

    On my J Bass and the Swampy Tele Tru Oil was used. Didn't tape any frets as once finished I just used those slotted metal fret polishing guides with 0000 steel wool to strip finish off the frets. Came up looking like a typical F style maple board.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers, Waz

    Builds # 4 & 5 in signature were maple boards done with Tru Oil.
    # 1 - EX-5 https://goo.gl/fQJMqh
    # 2 - EX-1 https://goo.gl/KSY9W9
    # 3 - Non PBG Tele https://goo.gl/W14G5g
    # 4 - Non PBG J Bass https://goo.gl/FbBaFy
    # 5 - TL-1AR GOTM Aug 2017 https://goo.gl/sUh14s
    # 6 - MMB-4 Runner-up GOTM Oct 2018https://goo.gl/gvrPkp
    # 7 - ES-1 Runner-up GOTM Aug 2018https://goo.gl/T9BEY8

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    Cheers waz. Do you need many coats of truoil on the fretboard?

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    I reckon minimum of 6, maximum of 8-10

    Sent from my SM-A520F using Tapatalk
    # 1 - EX-5 https://goo.gl/fQJMqh
    # 2 - EX-1 https://goo.gl/KSY9W9
    # 3 - Non PBG Tele https://goo.gl/W14G5g
    # 4 - Non PBG J Bass https://goo.gl/FbBaFy
    # 5 - TL-1AR GOTM Aug 2017 https://goo.gl/sUh14s
    # 6 - MMB-4 Runner-up GOTM Oct 2018https://goo.gl/gvrPkp
    # 7 - ES-1 Runner-up GOTM Aug 2018https://goo.gl/T9BEY8

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    Thanks mate helps heaps. Glad the tru oil will be suitable. Great to work with

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    A 'stupid' question... But I'd rather sound stupid than be sorry

    You don't sand the maple fretboard prior to applying tru-oil, do you?
    or you do?

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    No mate. Put it straight on

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