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Unlined fretless Ebony board: Gaboon or Macassar?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fiebru1119, Apr 10, 2005.

Gaboon or Macassar?

Poll closed Apr 17, 2005.
  1. Gaboon

    32 vote(s)
  2. Macassar

    52 vote(s)
  3. other.. post below!

    17 vote(s)
  1. fiebru1119


    Mar 2, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    I can't make up my mind! What do you guys think?- the a smooth all-black gaboon ebony board, or the streaked look of the macassar ebony? This is for a wide fretless 6'er :bassist:
  2. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    I am a big fan of Macassar, but I would want to know what woods or paint colors it was going with before I made my final vote.
  3. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I prefer lighter fingerboards myself....

    of the 2, I prefer the solid black, but it depends of the rest of the design.
  4. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Go gaboon ebony.

    I say this because then there'll be less of a chance that macc. ebony will be extinct by the time I can afford a custom fretless sixer so I can get it on mine! ;)
  5. fiebru1119


    Mar 2, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    wood specs for the rest of the bass are as follows:

    black korina body
    burl myrtle top, spalt maple back
    maple/wenge neck
    black hardware
    clear gloss finish
  6. Keep in mind that the gaboon ebony is absolutely skyrocketing in price and it's getting rare in pieces that are very large. Ken Smith and Matt Schmill have a discussion in the Luthiers forum about this.

    Also keep in mind that the macassar can be dyed as black as the gaboon and they are indistinguishable from each other. I prefer to go with the more economical macassar and dye for perfect blackness.
  7. Anti_Wish


    May 14, 2004
    Boston, Ma

    ebonizing is the answer
  8. Corwin81


    Mar 18, 2003
    Ames, IA
    once you go black, you can't go back
  9. FireAarro


    Aug 8, 2004
  10. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
  11. lyle

    lyle Guest

    Jan 10, 2004
    Vernon, B.C. Canada
    Macassar looks killer!
  12. Lowtonejoe

    Lowtonejoe Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Richland, WA

    I am getting a lined f'less built for me with a macassar fingerboard.

    Here's a pic of a fretted macassar by the same luthier.


    Very nice!


  13. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    I think macassar is an awesome wood, but for a fretless unlined, I just LOVE that pure black look. Gaboon for me.
  14. Funkengrooven

    Funkengrooven Turn it down? You gotta be nuts!!

    Try PurpleHeart, it looks real good and is harder than rosewood but a little softer than Ebony...real warm....
  15. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    I've always liked the solid look of Gaboon.
    Especially if body wood is light.
  16. bad dog

    bad dog

    May 7, 2002
    Jim Thorpe, Pa.
    Take into consideration that Gaboon is harder than Macassar, so if you plan on using roundwounds it may be more resistant to wear.

  17. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Is this actually true?

    Either way, I prefer Macassar, I find it looks even better in person than on pictures.
  18. jja412

    jja412 Fine gear enthusiast

    Feb 2, 2004
    St. Louis
    I'm with the Hambone on this one - macassar dyed jet black..
  19. Basso Gruvitas

    Basso Gruvitas Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2000
    Dallas/Ft. Worth TX
    I voted for mac ebony because I love how it looks. However, I just had a fretless built with a stabilized bubinga board and it sounds, feels, and looks great!

    For a look at it, go to www.marchlewskiguitars.com

    Click on Gallery and look for my TB nickname. I'm really pleased with how everything turned out, including how the fingerboard is performing.
  20. fiebru1119


    Mar 2, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    beautiful bass you've got yourself there! i like the color scheme