Pau Ferro and Laurel

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by blackspider57, May 10, 2019.

  1. Robb

    Robb Squier-holic

    Jan 13, 2011
    Chertsey Canada.
    I think I wont be popular with my answer but...
    either you have any kind of finger board, even a 2 X 4
    fine pups and pots ,including a good amp I can make ANY
    geetar sound like a 1000$ axe. Think " non cork sniffin""
    I just love a geetar when the neck feels good in my palm.
     
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  2. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
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  3. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Squier-Nut

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    I got a couple guitars with horrified granola or some ****, dunno, don’t care, it’s some form of wood and that’s good enough for me...

    I got one with ebony too...

    I just need to know if I need to oil it or not.
     
  4. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    I don’t think Ebony needs oiling (but I could totally be wrong) and the last I heard Torriefied wood doesn’t need anything. (Like lacquered maple necks)
     
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  5. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

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    I have a LP with PF, it feels a little more smooth to me than my RW fretboards.

    I had a Bullet Mustang with IL for a bit, and it seemed slightly rougher than RW to me.

    Both are/were close enough to RW to not bother me. If the color had looked like RW and the description on the hang tags said rosewood, I'm not sure I would have ever thought twice about it.

    Now, I do have a Monoprice guitar, with mystery fretboard, and I've got some experience with Harley Benton (another mystery "wood?") and I'll take IL or PF over those mysteries any day.
     
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  6. SquierTap

    SquierTap Squier-holic

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    I dunno, Dan... I gave that a shot on my Bullet Mustang, and while it looked pretty good at first, it sure as hell didn't last...
     
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  7. Conghaille

    Conghaille Squier-holic

    Jul 12, 2016
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    I somehow stumbled into 5 I think... I have 2 Xavierre LP types (one Florentine), 2 differently modded Squier Tele Standards, and one HT Bullet Strat.

    Honestly, when I got the first one I was a little bummed that it wasn't as dark and was a little more streaky, but now I have to say that I like them fine. I don't think I'd bother paying a premium for real rosewood.
     
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  8. daan

    daan Squier-holic

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    Twin Cities
    Well that’s weird... not to be argumentative, but I fiebing-Ed several necks, and the dye never rubbed off any of them...
     
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  9. SquierTap

    SquierTap Squier-holic

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    I don't doubt ya, brother... But I have the worst "guitar luck" of anyone I know, lol... So that may be it...
     
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  10. wonkenstein

    wonkenstein Squier-holic

    Feb 3, 2017
    NH
    I've got to figure the results you're getting are very much like what some of the newer Indian rosewood boards have - there's a light shine like a waxed, impregnated sealer on the wood.
     
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  11. jefffam

    jefffam Dr. Squier

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    Yes.

    Of course if you treat your fretboard with linseed oil it buffs out nicely as well. I've been using linseed oil since it was recommended when I bought my first real guitar, circa 1974/1975.
     
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  12. wonkenstein

    wonkenstein Squier-holic

    Feb 3, 2017
    NH
    I've been a dyed in the wool linseed oil fan for a long time, too. But I'm going to go with your shoe polish trick - I haven't tried it yet but it's a hell of a good idea - makes perfectly good sense to use it right after a deep clean. And I've got a Tele neck that needs a deep cleaning anyway. I've done a similar thing with bee's wax for folks who prefer no finish (or have severely worn finish) on their maple boards. Bee's wax doesn't really change the appearance of a worn in maple board, helps to preserve the feel and look of it for what it is and helps to bring back some of that slippery feel we like.
     
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  13. wonkenstein

    wonkenstein Squier-holic

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    Forgot to say that bee's wax buffs out to a soft shine....
     
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  14. LittleGiant

    LittleGiant Squier-Meister

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    Is this linseed oil the same as the one used in food?
     
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  15. Taurus

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    Nice colour SG never seen this colour of an Epiphone SG before
     
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  16. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

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    I have a 2017 Bullet Tele that I have been told is Indian Laurel, but it looks and feels like rosewood to me. If it is IL, than I have no problem with it!

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  17. jefffam

    jefffam Dr. Squier

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    Not that I'm aware of. I would not ingest it. You can find small, relatively expensive bottles in the art paint section. For a larger quantity at a far cheaper price, buying once for all you'll need ever in hardware in the painting section. A quart should last a lifetime of regular use, if you don't move and leave it constantly,LOL.
     
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  18. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

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    Usually the stuff people use on their guitars is not food grade, but apart from the small factor of it being "pure" or "food safe" it's the same, yeah.

    Some places call it flax, or flax seed (flaxseed) oil.

    "In foods, flaxseed oil is used as cooking oil and in margarines.

    In manufacturing, flaxseed oil is used as an ingredient in paints, varnishes, linoleum, and soap; and as a waterproofing agent."

    https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-990/flaxseed-oil
     
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  19. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

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    The fretboard on Brian May's Red Special is oak. So there's that.
     
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  20. Biddlin

    Biddlin Squier-Meister

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    Indian laurel has a Janka hardness rating of 2350 lb., similar to most rosewood and ebony species. Pau Ferro is a little softer, but @ 1960 lb. rating it is plenty hard enough. Although my playing style doesn't include much skin to fingerboard contact, I find the pau ferro and laurel warmer to the touch than ebony.
     
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