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    Cleaning an Stingray 4HS maple fretboard

    Hi everyone! Just sharing my first fretboard cleaning, ten years after buying this awesome instrument.

    I've been planning this maintenance for a while but due to the controversy found out about maple fretboards, it took me some time to start.

    1) Basically, as described is some posts here and on the EBMM faq's, cleaned the freatboard with a dedicated wood cleaning product. I test some weeks ago with an small part of the 20th fret with a common wood product bought in a huge supermarket. A kind of wood furniture cleaning towels. It worked:

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    2) I searched for the gunstock recommended, Byrchwood Casey, and get it from an store here in Spain, so I applied a layer, let it dry some hours and polished with a dry towel

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    3) Finally restrung the bass with Super Slinkys. I have to admit that never been a fan of the EB strings, but tried again and maybe it's the best set of strings that never played! I don't know the reason, maybe my aged fingers now pair better with these fresh resonant strings.

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    Last edited by dabis; 02-02-2019 at 11:41 AM.
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    2007 Stingray 4HS natural
    IBANEZ TR 70

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    Wow ! Looks much better.
    2001 SR5 Black/Black/Maple
    2004 SR4 Honeyburst/ Black/Maple
    2006 SR4HH Natural/Black/Rosewood
    2009 Big Al 4SSS Vintage Sunburst/Rosewood
    2012 PDN Honey Roasted Bongo 4HHp
    2018 Stingray Special 4HH Aqua Sparkle/Ebony



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    Nice work.

    The figuring in the neck is exactly the same as my 1989 Sting Ray.

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    Thanks Randracula and Rod. If you both MM experts aprove the work, I'm happy . Next year maybe I'll sand it before applying wax. I have a year to think about it. I forgot to comment that polished too the frets with Flitz.
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    1991 Alembic Essence
    2007 Stingray 4HS natural
    IBANEZ TR 70

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Trussbroken View Post
    Nice work.

    The figuring in the neck is exactly the same as my 1989 Sting Ray.
    This one ? I love it!

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    1991 Alembic Essence
    2007 Stingray 4HS natural
    IBANEZ TR 70

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