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Apr 29, 2019 - 7:12:15 PM
232 posts since 6/5/2012

Im looking to buy this but it has some weird marks on the fretboard. the seller says its like knots on maple but they are smooth. anyone know what it is? I think it might drive me crazy

May 4, 2019 - 7:22:07 PM

3606 posts since 6/24/2007

I've had ebony with dark spots like that. Just stained the fingerboard and ignored.

Dec 24, 2019 - 9:09:36 PM



1 posts since 2/11/2014

I wouldn't worry about it if you play the fiddle enough you will make your own marks and give it your own mojo - I don"t know why your buying this model, I was never able get use to this them not enough vibration under the chin for me , but to each his own -- good luck and god bless ( keep pulling that bow my friend )

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:54:22 AM

2043 posts since 10/22/2007

Looks kinda neat. What's the make?

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:53:31 AM

97 posts since 8/26/2016

Those are in just the right place for poorly trimmed fingernail marks'

Feb 2, 2020 - 6:30:37 AM

301 posts since 7/31/2018

At the risk of sounding pedantic, there are no frets, so it's a fingerboard.

I've noticed some small, light shiny spots on my NS 5-string fingerboard over the years that weren't there when it was brand new. When I change the strings, I do a thorough cleaning and they go away. Grease buildup from fingers? Not entirely sure. This fiddle you're looking at appears to be pretty dusty/dirty, and that might be making those spots look worse than they are. At any, rate, if they are smooth, they shouldn't be a problem.

Edited by - FiddlerPaul71 on 02/02/2020 06:31:05

Feb 2, 2020 - 2:49:31 PM

1655 posts since 12/11/2008

It's evidence that the fiddle was clearly loved and played...perhaps even by a succession of owners. In other words, it's got mojo. It's broken in. It's worth a try.

Apr 1, 2020 - 7:12:23 PM

194 posts since 3/1/2020

I know this thread has been sitting a while, but I wanted to answer the question, as those spots are seen often.

They aren’t knots or wear marks. They are spots where wood tore out while the fingerboard was being planed. This happens when the ebony is poorly selected and cut and/or when a dull plane is used to plane the board. If there’s tear out, the board must either be planed until the spots disappear or the spots must be filled in. This is generally done with a mixture of glue and ebony dust. The glue leaves a shiny residue behind, and if the ebony dust is blacker than the ebony of the board, the spot will be darker as well. Cheap fingerboards are stained to conceal a wide range of sins. On the really cheap ones, they don’t bother with the stain.

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