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What the heck is "ebinol"?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jerry J, Jun 6, 2003.


  1. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    What is this stuff? Some kind of new additive for gasoline? Is this anything like "luthite"?

    I'm wanting to have a fretless neck built for one of my Jazz basses and I was originally thinking of Ebony for the maximum mwah-factor. But it seems as though a phenowood board is what Joe Zon and a host of other top builders use to great success.

    I was going to call Warmoth to see if they would consider using this phenowood but after reading the thread about how they aren't real flexible I may just put up a post to see if there are any builders that would do a Fender-type neck (going on a Fender Jaco Sig.)with some options...like graphite, flat profile, phenowood, lined board at around 2-2.5 pounds.
     
  2. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    the stuff on the fretless conklin groove tools necks is sorta like linoleum. don't laugh, it sounds good.
     
  3. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Actually, according to the new Jim Roberts book, "American Basses," it's the same stuff they make bowling balls out of.

    Luthite is a petrolium bases wood pulp composite.

    If you are looking for a new neck with a phenowood fretboard, give moses graphite a shot. They are very nice.

    If you are looking for a wood replacement neck, you can give Greg Curbow a call at 706-374-2873 about building a replacement neck with your choice of woods and a phenowood fretboard. It's not going to be cheap, but it'll be the best neck you've ever played.
     
  4. NV43345

    NV43345

    Apr 1, 2003
    where do you get that book, sound's like something i should have.
     
  5. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
  6. NV43345

    NV43345

    Apr 1, 2003
    sahweeeeeeeeeet gotta have it.
    thanx
     
  7. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Isn't Ebinol just resin-impregnated tempered Masonite?
     
  8. NV43345

    NV43345

    Apr 1, 2003
    score !!!!! dont have to wait for amazon to send it, just called the local borders and I am picking it up on the way home. As far as the ebinol I saw in the dean catalog they use it
    on there fretless rhapsody, maybe there cust service could give you some info, there phone # is 727-519-9669 or www.deanguitars.com. They have very good cust service.:)
     
  9. NV43345

    NV43345

    Apr 1, 2003
    I bought that american basses book,thanx for telling about it. It has alot of info, i like it.
    Thanx again.maybe one of us will will that bass
    then we can post bass porn,:)
     
  10. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    Thanks for all the info, guys.

    I was thinking that I would go with a Moses neck but I found out that the necks weigh a pound more than a comparable neck from Warmoth. I'm worried about neck-dive.

    I'll check in with Greg Curbow. I hope that he's not too spendy as I'm not really looking for anything real fancy. Just a maple neck with lined phenowood.

    USACG offers a fretless P Bass neck that is unlined and they use that ebinol but I don't want a P neck on my bass.
     
  11. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    hey, i'm just going off of what bill conklin and the guys at westheimer told me. i mean, what do they know, right? :p
     
  12. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I never said Linolium and bowling balls weren't made out of the same thing, did I, Sport? :spit: :meh: :D :bassist:
     
  13. That's more a description of one of the many phenolic compositions that are available. Ebonal is just what's been described - like a vintage bowling ball. The Ebonite company made it's name from this type of ball - less brittle and shinier than Bakelite, it drilled and machined well and held up under heavy friction and impact contact. My Cort Curbow had a very small chip at the 17th fret and it was exactly like one you would have seen on one of the earlier black bowling balls.