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Poll: Your Favorite Fretless Fingerboard Wood

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 43apples, Nov 11, 2003.


Your Favourite Fretless Fingerboard Wood

Poll closed Nov 25, 2003.
  1. Maple

    4 vote(s)
    6.0%
  2. Ebony

    23 vote(s)
    34.3%
  3. Pao Ferro

    4 vote(s)
    6.0%
  4. Palisander Rosewood

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Indian Rosewood

    4 vote(s)
    6.0%
  6. Brazillian Rosewood

    2 vote(s)
    3.0%
  7. Wenge

    8 vote(s)
    11.9%
  8. Purpleheart

    1 vote(s)
    1.5%
  9. Ebonol

    2 vote(s)
    3.0%
  10. Phenolic

    1 vote(s)
    1.5%
  11. Diamondwood

    6 vote(s)
    9.0%
  12. Cocobolo

    3 vote(s)
    4.5%
  13. Totally Depends On The Bass And Playing Style

    4 vote(s)
    6.0%
  14. Other wood or synthetics

    2 vote(s)
    3.0%
  15. Epoxypolyester coated wood

    3 vote(s)
    4.5%
  1. 43apples

    43apples Guest

    Nov 9, 2003
    Hi! I'm really sorry if there has been a poll like this before, if it bothers you, please delete it.

    Anyway, what is your favorite fingerboard wood for fretless bass? I'm just courious, as some people swear to Ebony, some prefers rosewood, and others like synthetics.

    Cheers!
    -Erlend
     
  2. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I like maple. It isnt the most popular type for fretless basses, but i like the added brightness that it gives.
     
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Stainless steel.

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  4. Maple...........then Ebony!


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    Treena
     
  5. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Rockwood (Dymondwood), and then finished maple.

    You simply can't beat Rockwood for mwah, or fretboard resiliency.
     
  6. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    You can, see above post.
     
  7. 43apples

    43apples Guest

    Nov 9, 2003
    What? Steel fingerboard? Awesome!!! :eek:

    What kind of bass is that? How much did it cost?

    *Gas infected*

    Thanks,
    -Erlend
     
  8. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Okay, well, yeah, steel is probably harder. Fine.


    Grumble, grumble. :p :D
     
  9. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    It's a Le Fay Remington Steele

    www.lefay.de

    Around 2700 Euro IIRC
     
  10. 43apples

    43apples Guest

    Nov 9, 2003
    Thanks!

    I'm very interested...maybe i'll get one. For me, the vocal, singing quality of a fretless is EVERYTHING.

    Cheers!

    -Erlend
     
  11. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    I really like my teacher's Pedulla Custom 5. It is honestly the best bass I have ever played. And I am not shy to Foderas, Ken Smiths, Alembics, etc.

    It's fingerboard wood is ebanol. There is a lot of mwah, but there is a smoothness about that I really like in the tone. Every inch you slide on it seems to blend perfectly with the last note. It creates one continuous sound. It is a very beautiful bass, made by Michael Pedulla himself.
     
  12. i think the fretless guitars made by fernandes are available with steel and glass fingerboards. that's pretty cool (although i have not tried one.)
     
  13. I have to agree with you there, Mud Flaps. :)

    Ebonol is very consistent. I'm not familiar with any other synthetics, but the idea of using steel as a fingerboard doesn't seem so strange to me anymore. I'll try anything. Hey, you'll never know until you try it. ;)

    If wood, then I'll take ebony.

    Mike
     
  14. dveeus1

    dveeus1

    Jan 7, 2001
    DFW, Texas
    In order of preference:

    Gaboon Ebony - Jet black, hard has hell and has great tone.

    Diamond Wood - Just ask anyone with a Roscoe.

    Macassar Ebony - Hard and looks great

    Pau Ferro (rosewood) - My first fretless had this
     
  15. kboyd

    kboyd

    Jul 6, 2002
    Loranger
    All depends on what other woods I am using. But mostly, Ebony or Mac Ebony. Did I mention I love ebony?
     
  16. Fo' Shizzle

    Fo' Shizzle

    Aug 28, 2003
    Ebony....... all day..... every day.
    It's been my experience that to get max mwah you must dig in a little harder. Ebony boards hold up better under duress!!

    Peace,
    Fo'
     
  17. Funkize you

    Funkize you Guest

    Nov 4, 2003
    Westminster Ca.
    I like purple heart, It sounds KILLER on my Flute (Purple heart headjoint) and It looks Supa Sexxy. :D
     
  18. Ebony. There's nothing quite like it. It's the wood that's been used for the fingerboards of upright basses, cellos, violins, and violas, for hundereds of years, and there is very good reason for it. I also have to say that coco bolo is a great wood for fretless fingerboards. My Renaissance has a coco bolo finderboard, and it has a nice smooth feel to it. It also looks very cool.

    On a side note, does anyone know if there is a difference in tone between macassar ebony and regular black ebony?
     
  19. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Ebony for all the reasons above.
    Also Maple, with epoxy finish, bright, fast responce.
     
  20. The stainless steel above is very interesting.

    I am partial to stabilized woods. I am getting stabilized black palm on my upcoming fretless. I have used stabilized woods from Gallery Hardwoods and they are very hard and very consistent throughout the wood.

    Geoff