I have a 2 week old Schecter Hellraiser Extreme with Ebony fingerboard. Came with factory Ernie Ball strings.
I noticed the last few times that I've played it (it only has @ 7 total playing hours on it) that my fingertips were black after. It washes off fairly well with soap and water. I have been using GHS Fast-Fret™ string cleaner after every use since I got the guitar.
I figured it was some "stain" from the fretboard being new but them read that ebony boards are untreated! So, I used a white towel and wiped my strings and sure enough it left many black streaks on my towel!
Does anyone know what the heck it is and how I can get it to stop?
--I just now received this rather unhelpful reply from a schecter guitar tech:
"Not all ebony is the same. Some maybe light and require a stain. With that said, every finger board goes through some sort of buffing to clean the fret board, smooth it ou, and make it look glossy. This could simply be a combination of the strings and the fret board."
I'm hoping that I can get a more helpful answer on this board....