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fingerboard wood question

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tjclem, Jun 18, 2004.


  1. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I know there is a very hard wood that starts with the letter "A" sorry brain fade I can't remember what it is. Are there any "blond" woods that are near as hard as Bubinga, Ipe, bloodwood or Ebony? It will be used for fretless basses.........t
     
  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Maryland
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    No "A" woods or very hard blond woods come to my mind. Persimmon and sugar maple are reasonably hard, but not in the range of the woods you listed.
     
  3. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
  4. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    contact www.galleryhardwoods.com

    They can "Stabilize" any wood to be as hard enough for a fingerboard.... my fretless bird's eye maple board feels harder than any ebony I've ever played.
     
  5. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Good idea. I was looking for some naturaly hard wood at the moment. I have a credit with a wood seller and was looking to use that for some fingerboards......t
     
  6. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Maryland
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    If the aniegre you're talking about is genus aningeria (which is likely), then you're looking at a wood that is on average about 20% less dense than sugar (rock) maple.
     
  7. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    How about Avenbok?

    Very blond, about as hard as rosewood (facts taken from the top of my head - which sometimes seems removed :eyebrow: )

    Anyway, it great for fingerboards, I use it frequently. :oops:
     
  8. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Is that the same thing as Hornbeam?
     
  9. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    As far as I know: yup!