Builders- How Would You Go About Making A White Fretboard?

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  1. Deadman73

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    Like the Brendan Small white falcon. Is it just painted? Is there some secret fretboard polymer?

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    That can't be a White Falcon. Gretsch has had that trademarked since the 1950's.
    Guess you could use Formica to make a white fretboard?
     
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    Slip of the keyboard, it's a "snow falcon"
     
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    the description for it says the fret board is made by laminating white polymer to a baked maple 'board.
    Looks kind of cool.
     
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    Painting it is an option, but not one I'd follow due to the difficulty in keeping it clean for this guitar.

    From the Gibson page for the guitar:

    "Its visually stunning fingerboard is created from white polymer laminated to hard baked maple, with no front position markers to invade its snowy expanse."
     
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    It does look cool, I wonder how much research they did as to how uv resistant that polymer is. Could see some real yellowy fretboards in a few years.

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    So probably not a DIY project worth pursuing? Rats.
     
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    So, Formica?
     
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    stevebway Metaphysician & Ham

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    Albinism is a genetic "mutation" occurring in a small percentage of "offspring".
    It's a deficit of pigmentation. I guess he just kept the "odd" one...
     
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    Just out of curiosity: has anyone seen anybody bitching about GIbson daring to use anything but pure, pre-approved-by-the-masses tomewoodz in a guitar? I swear, the double standards present...
     
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    If I had to do one, two ways I can see:

    Pure White Corian + CNC Router

    Paint a maple board + clear over it (choice of gloss).
     
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    agree on corian.
     
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    You could bleach it and then go over it with a whitewash and it'll come out pretty bright. Of course the brighter the wood starting out the better.
     
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    +1 for Corian. Make the whole neck out of it.
     
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    Or you could just get white wood stain and go over it heavy a couple of times. You could also stain and then do a quick clear coat and a brief sanding and repeat until you get the look you desire.
     
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    Pesky, good to see you around. I was just asking about you the other day.
     
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