Hello Gals and Gents, Kind of long. If you want to skip down to Paragraph five, that's were I get into it. The rest is more for background. I brought this up in a couple of other forums and searched for info here and on the Google machine, without a whole lot of response. I hope you don't mind me asking here, in hopes of getting more of a response. If it is not appropriate to post here, please let me know and I'll ask to have it removed. I know less than squat about the different kinds of wood and how it works, or not for a bass. As far as fingerboards (fretboards) all I really know is Rosewood and Maple, possibly Ebony and only know them as being what seems to get used the most. Here's the deal. I am looking at buying a new Gretsch, Junior Jet Bass. If you are not familiar... Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet Bass II - Walnut Stain Anyway, the seem to get a lot of love around here and right up there with the Squier Jag SS, which I also have. Until just recently, there were two color available, Black, my Jag is Black, wanted something else, and Sunburst, which I don't really care for how they did it. (5) Now they are coming out with two new colors, and the one I have my eye on is a Walnut Stain. The thing about these new ones is that the fretboard (fingerboard)... which us more correct? Anyway, the F-board is made of Black Walnut. I know even less about this than the other woods. What I do know is this. Blk Wal is quite a bit softer than the other Common F-board woods. Is this really a big concern or not? I've read, but don't know the truth of it about not being able to hold frets very well. Also that it would need to be treated (coated?) somehow to improve it's performance as a F-board. Some people have advised to stay away from it. But have only cited it's relative softness compared to others as the only reason. The bass is a short scale, don't know that that matters. I like playing flatwounds, and that seems like it might matter. I don't gig, and don't plan too anytime soon, unless Eric want's wants to do Cream II and needs a bass player. And I don't play aggressively. Just basement noodling. One of my questions I guess is.. If Black Walnut is so terrible, why would FMI Gretsch use it? How about the durability issue? How about the holding frets thing? What sort of coating if any could be used to improve performance? Any other comments also welcome. Thanks for helping me in making my decision.