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Postby planetluvver » August 3rd, 2012, 9:34 am

I have a nylon string guitar. I picked it up in a thrift shop for $35, so I know nothing about it, except it is likely not very high quality.
But it works for me. And I won't be able to afford another instrument for awhile.

My problem is that I am noticing wear on the wood between the frets. It does not seem to affect the playing of the guitar, since it seems the nylon strings are protecting the wood lying directly under the string. This means that the wear is between the strings.

I am wondering if there is something I can do to slow down this process?

It is occuring more between the higher pitched strings.
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Postby kc0bbq » August 3rd, 2012, 12:47 pm

Is it just gunk buildup? Might try a good cleaning and then a light coating of lemon oil to see if it looks better or not.
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Postby NoteBoat » August 3rd, 2012, 4:24 pm

My guess: it isn't wear on the wood - it's wear on the paint. Many inexpensive guitars have painted fretboards - that way they can use really cheap wood, but make it look sort of like ebony. It's even more common on nylon string guitars, at least in my experience.

The fact that it's 'wearing' between the strings is the big clue. Your fingertips are slowly rubbing off the paint. Fingertips are rough enough to do that - but not really hard enough to wear away the wood.
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Postby planetluvver » August 4th, 2012, 10:08 am

Okay. I will hope it is just paint or varnish I am wearing through.

Iwill also be more diligent in clipping my nails.
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Postby TRGuitar » August 5th, 2012, 4:55 pm

Of course! The died fretboard. Just keep on playing!
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Postby planetluvver » August 7th, 2012, 12:43 pm

Now that I think about it, it is a GOOD thing- I have owned the guitar for over a decade, and this problem developed in the last month, guess I have used the guitar more in the last month than the last 10 years. lol
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