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Ipe as a fingerboard?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Mon Rominee, Nov 15, 2005.


  1. Is this suitable as a fingerboard? I just aquired a 42" x 5" x .625" pice that was milled as a threshold, and sanded it down. it's tough as nails, really hard to dent.

    I'm just wondering whether it's a particularly musical wood.

    I know Wish has used it in the past, ;)

    thoughts?
     
  2. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I have used it too. Damn tough stuff. But not bad to work with....t
     
  3. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Montréal
    I heard it's kinda hard to glue, otherwise, have no clue.
     
  4. Is it because of it being oily or too close-grained? Just curious. If it's A, then I'd surely wipe it down with acetone...if it's B, I'd really have to rough the surface to get it something to cling to.
     
  5. justateenpoet

    justateenpoet Have you...killed the Venture brothers!?!?

    May 14, 2005
    Connecticut
    You already worked it to a degree, so this site may be moot, but here's ageneral listing of the characteristics of Ipe, as well as how it works in various operations:
    http://www.floorings.com/decking/ipe/ipe.shtml

    A google search revealed that Ipe is primarily used as a flooring and decking wood, so it's plenty tough enough...didn't really yield much in the way of tone.
     
  6. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    I've never heard of it being oily, just very dense, heavy, and stiff.
     
  7. not that it means much, but Steve Wishnevsky seems to be using ipe on about 80% of his stuff these days.

    Mine's purpleheart, so I can't comment on the ipe, except that IMO its not the most attractive wood out there (but I guess that depends upon colour combinations)
     
  8. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    I think there is no such thing as a musical wood. That is in the player...

    However, from what you as well as Pilotjones says about the properties, ipe is obvoiusly a great fingerboard material
     
  9. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    I know it's a dense wood, and that it doesn't float. I'm making a canoe out of it for my ex. :eek: :D
     
  10. sounds like my head, weight and back. :meh: