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Wenge Fingerboard

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Joe Gress, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    Has anyone ever used Wenge for a fingerboard?
    What are its characteristics? (sound, playability, feel)
    I also read some where that it does not necessarily need to be finished, because it feels good raw. Is that true?
  2. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Wenge is an awesome fingerboard wood, and it does not need to be finished.

    Id say its somewhere between rosewood and maple tone wise, leaning more towards the rosewood.
  3. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I have used it many times I normally fill the fissures with ca glue though. I like it...t
  4. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    Thanks. I just got a very nice peice to use on my five-string neck-thru that I am going to be building.
  5. MattMPG

    MattMPG Matt Pulcinella Guitars

    Apr 6, 2006
    It works fine but the grain is very coarse. I prefer to use a wenge neck and a stabilized maccassar ebony f/b. I like smooooth fingerboards. Stabilized ebony makes a great fretless too, you can polish it almost to a gloss with no finish.

    Matt Pulcinella
  6. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Yep - like the majority of Warwick basses have wenge fbs ;)
  7. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sarcasm: Just ONE of the many services I offer! Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Palm Coast, FL
    If it is OK for Michael Tobias, it is OK by me! I LOVE my MTD with a wenge/wenge neck.

    Dan K.

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