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Pau Ferro - too light?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Fendereedo, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Most Honored Senior Member

    Age:
    51
    May 7, 2014
    UK
    I've never seen Pau Ferro wood up close before, until today that is.
    Anyone else here think that the shade is far too light? I like my fretboard a little darker than that, so I think I might be a maple convert again, and soon. Just my observation anyway.
     

  2. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    It is what it is. I like it just fine.
     
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  3. fender_freak

    fender_freak Strat-Talker

    Age:
    21
    442
    Dec 29, 2012
    La Crosse, WI
    I've seen rosewood lighter, but yeah pau ferro is a bit lighter on average than a dark rosewood. Mostly I see that's about the same except more consistent.
     
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  4. Tim S

    Tim S Strat-Talker

    339
    Dec 31, 2015
    NYS
    Play it in the dark and it doesn't matter.
     

  5. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2014
    Michigan
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    Use black leather dye

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  6. the dark sailor

    the dark sailor Strat-O-Master

    819
    Dec 18, 2008
    south jersey
    I don't trust this Pau stuff.
     
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  7. alderre

    alderre Strat-O-Master

    524
    May 1, 2014
    New Braunfels
    Pau Ferro is not rosewood. So I stopped comparing it. Just a pretty wood.

    It's like complaining that rosewood is just not as dark as ebony, and ebony as dark as obsidian fretboards (patent pending)
     
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  8. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    Do you have a photo of the board you're looking at? I don't have much experience with Pau Ferro myself, but I have seen a lot of variation in Rosewood color, so maybe it's just a lighter example.
     
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  9. CigBurn

    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
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    Jun 22, 2014
    The Shed
    All my rosewood boards end up looking the same shade after a period of playing. I'd guess Pau Ferro will end up doing the same. Personally I think Pau is purty. :)
     
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  10. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2011
    Music City TN
    It is lighter, but Indian is lighter than Brazilian.
    The usual select criteria for fingerboard stock is "sort for dark".
    So indeed there is a widespread preference for darker wood regardless the species.
    Ebony as well, since non-select pieces are often quite striped.
     
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  11. ashtray

    ashtray Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    46
    965
    Mar 15, 2017
    LA
    I have 5 guitars with a pau ferro board from Warmoth. I love the various grain patterns. I try to order them as uneven in grain as possible. Rosewood is fairly consistent in color/grain, and usually darker. There's not much difference in sound or feel. I've just preferred pau ferro once I discovered it about 10 years ago. Before that I was under the impression that pau ferro was rougher feeling. Must have been a bad single example I had tried, because I'm a convert.

    Not a huge maple fan, but I do have a few guitars with maple boards that sound/feel great. Maple needs a clear coat, while rosewood and pau ferro you can play raw - which is just a different feeling to your fingers.
     
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  12. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Thread derailer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    Tucson

    ? Because maple is so much darker than PF?
     

  13. spizike231

    spizike231 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    24
    168
    Feb 9, 2017
    California
    I never cared for PF.. and now that it’s majority the “standard”, it’s disappointing. To me it looks cheap and unattractive.

    It also makes me VERY happy that I got my Strat a year ago and got Rosewood. Can’t wait for her to darken up over the years.
     

  14. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    51
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    Something that people seem to be overlooking, is that Rosewood Strats are hardly an endangered species. There are literally millions of them out there. They are all over the used market.
     

  15. Yogi

    Yogi Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    30
    Jan 21, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Most of fenders latest rosewood was dyed anyway. If fender hadn't been dying boards they'd look similar to a lot of pau anyway
     

  16. spizike231

    spizike231 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    24
    168
    Feb 9, 2017
    California
    I enjoy buying my guitars brand new.

    But I get your point. They’re not hard to find.

    But the point is, Pau Ferro is now our norm when it comes to seeing them in store or buying new.
     
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  17. spizike231

    spizike231 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    24
    168
    Feb 9, 2017
    California
    A quick search tells me that dyed rosewood boards have a different feel and the “dye” rubs and chalks off with play.

    I’m finding the opposite. My board is getting darker and doesn’t darken my fingertips at all?
     
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  18. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    Obsidian fretboard... as in volcanic glass (or an artificial version of) ???
     
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  19. Bladesg

    Bladesg Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 31, 2013
    Australia
    Wenge, PF and RW can all have really nice grain patterns. I think they all feel very similar too. Wouldn't be a deal breaker for me if the colour of guitar suits.