never noticed any "weird coating" but I did notice a few minor areas near some of the fretboard edges that looked like they had been filed which didn't seem to affect playability at all. The frets were original and in good to excellent condition. Did you have it refretted with a different size wire? I bet that co$t a pretty penny. Glad you like it.The boa
The board is more like raw wood now, I had a refret done and that weird coating it had has been planed off. I love the way the fretboard looks and the top is even better! It is a great sounding guitar as well. Someone had scraped the crap out of the fretboard, maybe trying to file the fret ends? It is perfect now.