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Stabilized wood question (for fingerboards)

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Aram, Apr 22, 2004.


  1. Aram

    Aram

    Feb 2, 2003
    New York, NY
    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but when you use a stabilized wood for the fingerboard, does it matter which wood is used in terms of tone, or do they all start to sound the same once they're stabilized (since they're treated)? In other words, would stabilized pau ferro sound/respond drastically different than stabilized ebony as a fingerboard?

    Also, I guess by the same token, would a harder stabilized wood be more durable than a soft one?

    Thanks in advance.

    -Aram
     
  2. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    not DRASTICALLY but in theory, probably still a bit different.

    resing fills in the wood pores. your second question is interesting. The achive durability is probably somewhat the same. I'll ask Larry at galleryhardwoods what he thinks about that.

    Peace,
    JP
     
  3. Aram

    Aram

    Feb 2, 2003
    New York, NY
    Thanks JP -- let me know what Larry says when you can. I'm interested in learning more about stabilized woods for my next bass, but I'm not sure how to choose between them...
     
  4. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member


    I asked Larry this same question about 2 months ago. I haven't started yet, but I have the design drawn already. I want to use a light colored fingerboard for a fretless. You've probably noticed that fretless basses tend to have a dark colored wood. So I asked Larry if I could use a light colored stablized wood for a finger board. He basically said that you could use just about any traditional guitar wood for finger board wood as long as it's stablized. I didn't ask him about softer woods though.
     
  5. CamMcIntyre

    CamMcIntyre

    Jun 6, 2000
    USA
    I'm using a stabilized black limba fingerboard for my one and so far only bass project. Fretless 5. Only a few more months ;)
     
  6. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Oh yeah, I'm building fretlesses with acrylicized maple boards with no problem. I uses acrylicized balck limba for fretted, some black plam for fretted and fretless...all work well.

    Now that I've thought about it again, I'm pretty sure the durability would be the same. You could even get a fretless acrylicized spalted maple board!

    Peace,
    JP