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Ebony shrinks over time, right?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Whafrodamus, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    I think some of the ebony veneer in my thumbs neck is shrinking on the body side. You can feel the groove where the ebony is. Is there any way to fix this :p?
  2. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Ebony is usually pretty suseptible to weather changes. It may be a result of the colder climate we're getting here in NE.
  3. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    Yeh, It's stable in my house, but before my SX, I had to use it for a few out door marching band things. (ANd it got a scratch on the back :()
  4. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    I don't think that it shrinks over time. It seems that it is more susceptible to humidity related expansion/contraction than some other woods. IIRC, some people with ebony boards have noted that during the winter they can feel the fret ends, but in the summer they can't, due to humidity changes.

  5. rockindoc

    rockindoc Daily Lama

    Jan 26, 2002
    Bonham, Tx
    Agreed. A properly cured piece of wood is pretty dry and shouldn't shrink. It would more likely expand if humidity moistens it. Then I suppose it could shrink back to it's "cured" size when it dries out again.

    And IIRC, wood fibers swell or contract in a direction perpendicular to the grain. This would cause slight expansion or shrinkage along the edges of the neck (as Geoff referred to), rather than at the ends.