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There's a guit. with a nice and very unique top that I like, but I feel the reddish rosewood clashes with the top's grey colour. Is it possible to darken rosewood with stain (Not only darken it, but a treatment that wont wear off quickly).
 

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Buy some bore oil, it will make it darker temporarily
 

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If you can use shoe polish then I would suggest some sort of dye. Much thinner
 

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The problem with dye is that it will rub off into your hands somewhat..... it needs something to bind it to the fretboard.

A couple thin coats of BLO would darken it up somewhat.

If you were to dye it, I would recommend a couple very thin coats of something like tru oil to help bind the dye. This will change the feel of the fretboard somewhat.
 

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black leather dye.
 

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Inkjet ink ... I only know what that does to my hands though. Used to re-ink my old HP. There's some threads about homemade stains, like vinegar and nails approach. Take into consideration any topical conditioning materials that you'd want to clear off.
There's some great ideas above, take mine with a grain of salt.
 

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Thanks guys, I don't think it's worth me risking screwing up a nice guitar. $300 guitar maybe, not $1500.
 

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I've wondered this as well and saw a few posts about Fiebling's leather dye... which I used when I was restoring vintage smoking pipes a few times.

I wanted to do it to one of mine, but worried black would be too dark, may mix 50/50 black and a warm dark brown instead.
 
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