Another Pau Ferro thread

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by guitarface, Jul 23, 2021.

  1. ibdrkn1

    ibdrkn1 Senior Stratmaster

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    Pau Ferro has made its way onto plenty of high quality instruments and is a great wood for fretboards.

    That being said I generally can't stand the way the average pc looks and I've never owned a guitar with it.

    I also don't like the lighter examples of Rosewood or the color of roasted maple necks. I'm not sure what my problem is but I think I'm not the only one with it.

    If I have a maple fretboard I don't want a lot of tint, if I have a rosewood board I want it nice and dark. The best for me of course is Ebony.

    If Fender switches to mostly Pau Ferro in place of Rosewood I'll likely be buying a lot more maple fretboard Fenders.
     
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  2. WelhavenT

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    Not all guitars look good with roasted maple necks, and I’m not a fan of the ones with a lot of figuring either.
     
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  3. nickmsmith

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    Depends on the color you’re pairing it with. With a light color body/pickguard, most wouldn’t tell the difference.
    On my Jag with a dark tort PG, it looked really light.

    I don’t, and won’t let fretboard material influence my purchase. I’ve never had a fretboard material I haven’t liked.

    Walnut, maple, ebony, richlite, rosewood, PF.. it’s all fine. Just another thing for guitar enthusiasts to get all ruffled up about.
     
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    davidrf Strat-O-Master

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    Never saw a single pau ferro fretboard that I liked. A big no for me.
     
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    I have a Reverend Charger with a Pau Ferro board and it's fine. Not as dark as rosewood but when I get around to putting on some lemon oil it'll probably get darker.
     
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    Man, that second video just depresses the hell out of me. How sad! And people whining my board ain't dark enough...
     
  7. RL21980

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    Maple 1st. Rosewood 2nd. Ebony 3rd. I wouldn't turn my nose up at Pau Ferro if I found one with great tone but I'm a bit of a traditionalist. I don't seek it out. If that makes me snooty so be it. I'll live with the snoot.
    Suhr uses Pau Ferro a lot in their custom builds and they make some wonderful guitars.
     
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    Ferro is inconstant like Birdseye maple is inconsistent.
    In a vacuum, I prefer dark rosewood because that’s what I picture in my head when I think about a non-maple Strat. That said I’m about to buy a new Ferro Strat for $1500. I’m buying because it’s the right guitar for me despite the color not being correct.

    It’s great if you can look at a guitar fretboard that doesn’t “look right” to you and you still wanna possess it. But at the end of the day you need to look at your guitar and think, “Damn, that’s sexy. I wanna play it.”

    If it doesn’t appeal to you then it’s not for you.
     
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    I'd be lying if I didn't say I thought the looks of a neck didn't matter. But still, the feel to me is more important. That's why I prefer an ebony fingerboard. I just seem to find it smoother and faster than rosewood or maple (or pau ferro or Brazilian Cherry - yes, I have one of those, too).
     
  11. AlexJCRandall

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    Actually, more pieces should add stability because they usually are selected pull in different ways and tend to prevent excess movement that you'd find in the single bit. In the typical separate fretboard scenario the fretboard is almost always QS, and maple necks shafts are mostly flatsawn for example. Manufactured laminates are always more dimensionally stable than single pieces for that cross aligning of grain. Even a veneer thickness (1mm) can make a measurable improvement.
     
  12. Otisblove

    Otisblove Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    You’re absolutely correct. My apologies.
     
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  13. Monkey

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    oil the board to darken , some people are happy with them. not a proplem.