Spalted Sycamore Fingerboard. Good or bad?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by 88tuner, Nov 23, 2003.

  1. I'm building a fretless bass from all spalted wood. I have a great piece of spalted sycamore that I thought I might use as the fingerboard. The neck is through the body and most of the spalting stops at teh base of the neck so the top part is all really hard maple.

    Will the sycamore be a good choice for the fingerboard? Here are some pictures.


  2. Woodboy


    Jun 9, 2003
    St. Louis, MO
    I wouldn't use it. Softer than soft maple, unstable, kind of "dead" sounding. The spalting is partial decay, so it is softer and deader still.
  3. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    I agree that sycamore is probably too soft for a fingerboard. I would be a little nervouse using spalted wood in a neck, too. Let us know how it works out.