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Rickenbaker fretboard material

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by geddyfan, Oct 8, 2002.


  1. I'm wanting to reproduce a Ric. can anyone tell me what they use for their fingerboard to get that kind of orange tinge.Any help would be appriciated.
     
  2. I think it's Ebanol.
     
  3. oddentity

    oddentity

    Nov 20, 2000
    Philly
    Isn't Ebonol a synthetic subsitute material for ebony?

    I believe Rickenbacker uses rosewood for their fingerboards.
     
  4. Brooks

    Brooks

    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    Early Rics used a variant of cocobolo if I am not mistaken...red, almost orange in color, and coated to stop oxidization. Not sure about the new ones though.
     
  5. Rosewood is awful general.There is a ton of vairietys of it.
     
  6. Carey

    Carey

    Jan 18, 2002
    Redlands, CA
    Yes, it's definitely bubinga. My co-worker used to work for Rickenbacker and one of my bosses actually did the initial programming for their CNC's. We even have an old sample fingerboard laying around the shop somewhere.
     
  7. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Ric currently lists that they use rosewood on 4003s. They have in the past used Bubinga. I have read that they also in the past used Vermillion, which, I think, may be another name for padauk.
     
  8. Yes vermillion is padouc and bubinga is also referred to as african rosewood.
     
  9. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Maryland
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Even though bubinga is not a true rosewood....