Many consider the black heartwood of ebony to be a brittle wood (comparatively speaking). I owned a bass with an ebony fretboard back in the 90s. Fresh from the factory, the fretboard cracked. This turned me off on ebony I've steered clear of it ever since. I've never seen cracking issues with maple or the various species of rosewood used in fretboards. While ebony feels great and has its legions of fans, I'm merely curious what you folks think. Any similar experiences?