So, my new (old) Carvin came to me in… well-used condition. I’ve spent the last several days cleaning it and setting it up and so on and so forth, but I have a concern about the fretboard.
Supposedly it is an ebony fretboard, and I have no reason to doubt that. When I got it I thought that the fretboard was just really dirty, but there are some spots which are not coming clean and I’m starting to doubt that they’re dirt after all, but actual blemishes or damage to the fretboard. Here’s an example:
Having worked with it closely over the last few days, I no longer think that’s dirt. It almost looks like the fretboard was finished or coated with something, and the coating is coming off… however, I can feel the delineation between the fretboard and the mother-of-pearl inlays which makes me think it’s NOT finished or coated.
I’m not sure what to make of this, or how to fix it. I’m thinking it might be beyond my capabilities and needs to go to a luthier for some attention.
Anyone else got any thoughts?