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Alternatives to Ebony

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by BRIDGE, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. I am seeking alternatives to ebony, for fingerboards, tailpieces, etc. Although I like the look and the feel of ebony, as an animal lover, I cannot support the use of ebony after seeing the following, which was posted on Facebook:

    Last edited: Apr 1, 2015
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  2. gerry grable

    gerry grable Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    Ha ha ha. And April is the cruelest month!
    Lee Moses likes this.
  3. keiranohara

    keiranohara Commercial User

    Nov 7, 2007
    Ossining, NY
    Luthier at AES Fine Instruments
  4. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    The Marvin wire tailpiece is an excellent improvement on most bass; and I know some people use the Wittner ultra-light made from some "space age" material. Moses guitars were making carbon fiber bass fingerboards (and bridges, I believe) at one time, but I'm not sure if they still do
  5. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    my ebony board was black paint on rosewood, which i found out after the neck replaning :)
  6. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    I love the Marvin tailpiece on my Rumano Solano bass!
  7. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

    Jul 7, 2004
    My guess is that ebony tailpieces have been the exception to lighter wood species for years. You don't have to go from ebony straight to wire or "space age plastic". My track record with the Marvin is 50%, good on one bass, not so on another.

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