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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by ashton, Apr 27, 2004.
is this wise to use as a fretboard?
i think cedar of any variety would be too soft for use as a fretboard. the softest woods i've seen used are still in the rosewood family, which are much harder than even "soft hardwoods" such as walnut or mahogany. cedars usually fall into the "medium density softwood" category. if you want to get away from the typical rosewood/ebony/maple boards, here are some other options:
wenge, cocobolo, purpleheart, jatoba, goncalo alves, and bubinga. all of these are very dense, though each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
what about in neck construction itself?
Red cedar would be too soft for even a neck , then alone a fingerboard.
It would look very nice though.
As an alternative you could look at the following Aussie timbers which have a similar 'redy' look to red cedar.