Agape Guitars

Ooh...shiny!

Alec's Revelator, Ben's Protos bass, Frank's ProtosRich Chaffins1 Comment

Hello! Due to lots of catching up after the car crash, haven't had much time in the shop. However, the fretboards on Ben and Frank's pieces are now shiny! But...

Not normal-shiny. Different-shiny.

Depending on how you look at them, they tell different stories.

This is the method I started using on Alec's Revelator fretboard, and I fell in love with it because of how it speaks to me. This is, from here forward, my method for sanding fretboards. There are 3 views of the fretboards. First is straight on, starting about a foot away. You see the really nice wood grain. Second is at various angles. You see the reflective shine caused by the progression of sanding from 400 grit to 8000. Third is at other angles. You see the scratches left by the radius block and the 80-grit sandpaper attached to it.

At these angles, you see the scars.

These fretboards represent the human condition. Each angle has a specific meaning to me. Yours may be different. However it's interpreted, it's startling to me how treating a piece of a tree in a certain way speaks to the human soul. Fascinating.

Purely technical talk to follow.

Ready?

Okay.

Cocobolo is my favorite fretboard wood for a variety of reasons. It's beautiful, it's hard, it's very different from piece to piece; it has beautiful coloring. It also takes a mirror shine with polishing. Rosewood is not quite the same as far as grain differentiation or shinability, so to speak, but it's still nice. It does need oiled for the deep color you expect from rosewood boards. Otherwise, it looks kinda dry. Check the difference between the two. Both are quite good. Also, I should add that both boards edges were hand-rolled to have a worn-in feel from the start. Much more comfortable.[gallery]