Why do fretless Fenders usually have pau ferro?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by rabid_granny, Feb 7, 2003.


  1. Just curious. Fretted boards use rosewood or maple while their fretless boards are usually pau ferro. Why is that?
     
  2. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Perhaps the pau ferro is harder than the other rosewoods. FWIW, my 98 MIA Jazz V had a pau ferro fretboard.

    Geoff
     
  3. snyderz

    snyderz

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    My fretless 79 P and 75RI J are both rosewood. All my fretless Stingrays have been pau ferro.
    Doc
     
  4. Balor

    Balor

    Sep 24, 2000
    Montréal, Québec
    It's cheap (relative to ebony or other very hard woods), plentyfull, and hard enough to be a good fretless board.

    just my two cent
    PL
     
  5. Wait a sec... I thought it was their 5 strings that had pau ferro, and the musicmans that had pau ferro for the fretless.

    The pau ferro only on 5 string... now that is weird.