Spalt Maple fretboard question

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by duckbutter, Jun 3, 2005.

  1. duckbutter


    Mar 30, 2005
    Can Spalt Maple be used for the fretboard ?
  2. Rodent

    Rodent Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Regenerate Guitar Works
    Yes, but it requires special processing. You can learn more about this by visiting the Gallery Hardwoods forum and reading what special treatment Larry has done to spalted maple to make it suitable for fingerboard use. There are several images linked to some of the basses his customers have built.

    One word: IMPRESSIVE


    p.s. Gallery Hardwoods is a sponsor of TB, and Larry spends a ton of time educating all of us about wood
  3. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Using acrylicized wood would be the easiest way to go about it. Spalted Maple can be "fun" to work with, the varying densities can make working with it a real adventure... but it can be done. Here's an example of the fun way of working with it:

    On this bass (one of my personal basses), a thin layer of Spalt was used on a layer of Ebony which was installed on a Maple neck. It's holding up great at three years old. It was the first one Brubaker built like this and since then, with the experience gained, it's still work but not as bad:)

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  4. Jonesy4fnk

    Jonesy4fnk Supporting Member

    any chance to show off the spalted Brubakers :)