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White streaks rosewood fretboard

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Hi, about 5 months ago I bought a brand new Epiphone Dot. It has a rosewood fretboard.

 

I've only recently noticed white streaks in a section of the fretboard - between the nut and the first fret.

 

The streaks are random and run down the fretboard (all the way across it) but don't extend past the first fret. They appear to be part of the rosewood's structure - by this I mean there is nothing stuck to the rosewood and they are not scratches into the wood.

 

The streaks appear to me to be natural discoloration in the wood.

 

I've tried using Kyser Lem-Oil to condition the fretboard. This does nothing; the white streaks remain.

 

Are these streaks anything I should be concerned about???

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Pics?

 

(imo) Nothing to be concerned with. These days they usually dye the rosewood to get a more consistent look. Yours might not have been dyed as much.

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Agreed, not a structural problem. Strictly visual. If it bugs you too much, get some fretboard dye and turn it into an "ebony" board..

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It's not something crammed into the grain, is it? I've seen polishing powder get crammed into rosewood grain before.

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Rosewoods can have mineral streaks and deposits in the pores - totally natural. Eventually they diminish a bit.

 

Beat me to it! This is not uncommon. ;)

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It's not something crammed into the grain, is it? I've seen polishing powder get crammed into rosewood grain before.

 

Good point.

 

A series of wipes with a damp cotton swab or cloth can remove it.

 

If it doesn't lift away, it is probably mineral streaks, as above.

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ole english is your friend..

 

Yep. The ol' English are the folks who sold firearms to the Ojibwa, thus enabling them to take control of Michigan, Wisconsin and most of Minnesota, forcing the Dakota out onto the prairie, where they in turn encountered...Spanish ponies.

 

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Thanks for the replies guys. I've tried wipping it off... it's definately something within the wood structure such as mineral deposits. I feel better now.

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