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Old 09-16-2015, 02:16 PM
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Default Taylor Neck/Fretboard Q: Is this normal "streaking" or ??

My new Taylor 312 may be a problem child.

It sounds good, but the neck attachment (see my other post) is questionable and I also have a question about the fretboard itself.

I understand that Taylor is now using "streaked" ebony for their fretboards.

My question is, do these photos show what looks like normal streaking to you?

I ask because my initial reaction was, this wood is damaged. It looks dried out and streaky.

I then did my research, and streaked ebony is used, but honestly, none of the guitars I've seen in person or in photos have had this much.

Any thoughts on whether this is normal/typical, or indicative of another problem?

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Old 09-16-2015, 02:31 PM
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That's normal, and I've seen some much more streaked, even blotchy. They save the darker, less streaked pieces of ebony for the higher priced models.
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Old 09-16-2015, 02:41 PM
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A little fret board oil - mineral oil or boiled linseed oil - should darken that up a bit. It looks pretty dry to me. Put on a small amount (I use 3-4 drops on a cotton ball or a corner of a rag). Wipe it on, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe off the excess with a clean dry rag. I do that about once every other year with most of my guitars. Other than that, the streaking looks pretty normal for the modern ebony that Taylor uses.
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Old 09-16-2015, 03:04 PM
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You want perfect? Get a guitar with a micarta or richlite fretboard. Wood tends to be...organic.
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The carbon fiber / epoxy fret board on my Rainsong exhibits NO streaking.
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Old 09-16-2015, 03:10 PM
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Thanks for the serious replies as well as those who answered a question (perfect?) I didn't ask :-)
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Old 09-16-2015, 03:12 PM
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I'm surprised a guitar made in June shows this much dryness already. Given that and the neck attachment issue (posted elsewhere), this guitar, which does sound good, seems to have had a rough start out of the gate.
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I recommend this: F1 Fretboard conditioner.

Streaking is not a big (IMHO) deal but it does look exceptionally dry.......
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Old 09-16-2015, 03:20 PM
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The lighting in your photos probably tends make the apparent dryness look worse. I bet it doesn't look nearly as bad in natural daylight. But I would still oil the wood at the next two string changes, as it appears rather dried out. Even though the guitar was made in June, we have no idea how old the fretboard blank was at the time it was originally sawn. It could have been sitting on the shelf for a long time before becoming part of your guitar.
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The streaking is perfectly normal, natural and fine.

The wood looks a tiny bit dry but its hard to really tell by a picture.
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Is this normal "streaking" or ??
My response her is the same as your other thread about the same guitar, I can't say based on those pics, but if you are not happy with the guitar, than return it and get another one.
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https://youtu.be/anCGvfsBoFY

Here you go.
personally, I love this guy, and having seen both of your threads, I think you have a fine guitar and nothing to worry about: )
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The carbon fiber / epoxy fret board on my Rainsong exhibits NO streaking.
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My new Taylor 312 may be a problem child.

It sounds good, but the neck attachment (see my other post) is questionable and I also have a question about the fretboard itself.

I understand that Taylor is now using "streaked" ebony for their fretboards.

My question is, do these photos show what looks like normal streaking to you?

I ask because my initial reaction was, this wood is damaged. It looks dried out and streaky.

I then did my research, and streaked ebony is used, but honestly, none of the guitars I've seen in person or in photos have had this much.

Any thoughts on whether this is normal/typical, or indicative of another problem?

Thanks!

[IMG]taylor-312-sep15-24

taylor-312-sep15-26
The new Taylor 800 Series will exhibit some streaking and, if not, most likely "marbling" of the fretboard ebony. My 2014 Taylor 814ce has a marbling of its fretboard ebony.
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I'm not 100% sure on the whole story, but Bob bought the outfit that mills the ebony or something along those lines. One in twenty trees produced jet black ebony and the waste was incredible, so now all the ebony gets used, streaks or no streaks.
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