Thread title says it all, is this a good thing to do?
I don't think you have to with purpleheart, and I would always prefer a fretboard wood that doesn't require a finish just for the simplicity of not having to refinish it at some point.
I know I dont HAVE to, I just want to, so it will look nice.
Oh, well if you want to I don't see any reason not to. I misunderstood the first post.
I wouldn't think Tung oil would be hard enough to use on a fretboard, it would wear through pretty quick
Purpleheart goes brown in sunlight, you are best using a UV blocking finish.
I used tung oil on my entire guitar, including fretboard, on my most recent build. Granted, the fingerboard is scalloped so it doesn't see a lot of action, but the whole guitar; neck, body etc. is silky smooth and very appealing to the touch. Back of the neck is easy to shift positions on and all that good stuff. Second pic shows the semi-gloss look you can get with tung oil...I dig it, personally. Very durable for the year or so that I've had it on there, good looking, etc. I don't see any reason why you shouldn't.
Last edited by lumberjack at Nov 23, 2011,