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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Dave673, Dec 6, 2018.
I'd return that - don't know how it passed QC, looks like a zebra! @Dave673
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That’s what I was trying to decide on, should be pure black I’d think. Plays well, but not sure about the looks. Came from Les Paul
I have to be honest and say I don't like it, but I suspect that many will. It reminds me of an expensive piece of bog-oak that we bought. When the children discovered it they decided to paint it with their water colours. It's still yellow and red in places!
As long as the wood is solid & without structural defects along with the overall playability being good it comes down to looks & it doesn’t look great. If I could I’d swap it for another & if I was going to keep it I’d try some Minwax ebony stain on the lighter sections first and the go over the entire fretboard to get a consistent color. Many manufacturers used to “ebonize” their fretboards For exactly this reason.
If you wish to return it, that's completely up to you. However, this is not a flaw or defect. It's the natural pattern/grain of the specific wood (ebony) used. Not all ebony is pure black, despite the fact that most of us associate it with being so.
On the right type of natural finish body, that might look cool.
I for one am really glad the Guitar Making Industry is using the streaked Ebony.
Way better than leaving it on the forest floor, as the video of Paul Reed Smith states, posted above.
The streaked Ebony is just as fine as the black Ebony, as far as being an exceptional fret board wood.
But with all I just wrote, and for a Fender Elite, and what they charge for it, I personally would not accept that with that finish/color combo.
It is just "too visually loud" of a streak, for that guitar IMO.
My eyes just go straight too the board and not to the overall beauty of the guitar itself. And other than the board it's a gorgeous guitar.
I for one am a big fan. Natural color for much of the ebony that is (or until recently had been) discarded. When I was building acoustic guitars I would hunt out pieces like this. I love it. If I got that in the mail I would consider it a bonus.
The more we demand perfectly even-colored, black ebony, the more already-cut ebony is wasted and we created demand to cut down more. I wonder how much of cut ebony if found to meet market standards and how much ends up being scrap for these purposes.
Oh heck no.. ebony should be black... it would be hard to resale down the road because everyone would want the darker the better board.
I went ahead and ordered another one to see if I could get a darker overall finish. I get the ebony situation, and I’m sure someone will enjoy it, just couldn’t get over it. I’ll see what comes in next. Thanks everyone, I actually learned a lot from that video!
I absolutely love it and would have loved to have that fretboard. I have a Les Paul with black ebony, but natural grain like that on a fretboard is something I long to have. Plus I love that they are starting to use all parts of the tree and not just the black. To much waste going on now anyway.
You have the only Chocolate Ebony board in existence.
Hell yea, I'd rock that Strat
That is quite common for the ebony on American Elites now. I have an AE Telecaster that has an ebony fretboard with a similar appearance. My personal opinion is that it is cool, beautiful and unique. Your mileage may vary.
You might get one more to your taste with your next one, but it is unlikely you will get a completely dark one.
Is it just me or are people seriously anal about guitars these days? That fretboard would probably be a $200 upcharge from the custom shop...
@ possumkiller Is your profile pic el Indio? It would probably be an upcharge for the custom shop these days, I’m not really a fan of some of making new things look old, as they’ll get there eventually lol. I feel like they are trying to market B-grade ebony as first class material and saving all the good material to sell for higher end stuff for the almighty dollar. It plays just fine but I can’t help but think maybe it belongs on a lower end instrument.
Not a flaw. We all know wood has variations of color. But I would have done something else with this board .
I love it.