This is the first time i have built an entire bass - instead of just the body and buying the neck. I would like to use leopard wood for the finger board. I had never seen it before.... very cool wood!! However, while it is listed as a hard wood and seems very rigid and heavy, the spots - which are lighter than the rest of the wood - seem soft. I have not finished this wood with anything yet. Does anyone have any familiarity with this wood? Will it work as a finger board or will steel strings destroy the spots? Thanks!