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Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Finnish Swede, Sep 21, 2018.
Ebony every time
I know - I was just adding. It's an interesting little study. I personally don't hear it on fretted instruments, but the theory is clever.
I love white and black Les Pauls with gold hardware and ebony boards.
Had an LPC years ago with an ebony board. Hard and fast. I liked it. On a strat? No idea. I have 2 with maple necks and they work fine.
I love this vid.
I only have an ebony fretboard in my Taylor acoustic. I like it. I honestly dont think it makes much of a difference compared to rosewood. The most noticeable difference when it comes to fretboards IMHO (and trying to be objective) is between lacquered maple vs the unlacquered rosewood or ebony or other woods. Ebony is darker, so the looks are what makes it worth it or not really in comparison to RW... again IMO. Whatever floats your boat.
I prefer the maple neck on my Strats, but my Taylor has an African Ebony fingerboard and I like it a lot. Pau Ferro is okay as well. For me though, it is more about aesthetics and how easy it is to clean when I am restringing.
If your on a budget and like ebony boards try any Aslin Dane guitar the necks are superb and the composite fret boards are the nearest you will ever get to an ebony one, nice Korean built quality too.
I grew up playing on ebony, so my taste runs that direction. I don't mind other darker woods (rosewood, pau ferro, etc., etc.) and don't care about whether it is dyed or not (very common in the 19C to use dyed fruitwood (pear, apple, etc.). Ebony that isn't strictly black has been dyed since day one.
I never played a light fretboard until I built my Strat (satin maple neck). Looks odd to me but I can't tell any difference in feel if I close my eyes. There are iconic looks (IMNSHO) that beg a maple board (butterscotch/blackface tele) but for everything else, I prefer the ebony look.
Local lumberyard has a decent stock of persimmon and I want to experiment with that for fretboards. It is in the Ebony family but is kind of a light gray-brown color. Not particularly pretty but I think I can work with it.
Not white but with an ebony board! I am sure you could make an exception
my trio of Alvarez Yairis (CY-127CE, WY1-12, DY-62c) all have ebony fingerboards
and this Partscaster has a maple/ebony neck from Warmoth
I like ebony, for its look and warmth, but I am not a heavy handed player, so I don't spend much time "feeling" the wood.
The rosewood board on my N225 is also lovely and warm to the touch.
I also like maple as long as it's kept clean and lacquered. Not into the cigarette ash ground into the fretboard look.
I'll hit on the tone. The Black finish on that axe plus the Ebony board should combine to create a Dark tone, obviously. However, the pickup covers appear to be metal, which would naturally provide a brittle britesh tone.
Conclusion: the contrasting materials will have a neutralizing effect overall creating a perceived trebely sound.
In a blind test I probably couldn't tell the difference.
Generally though I like ebony/rosewood on Gibsons, maple on Fenders. It's just me.
I think ebony fretboards are gorgeous.
Maybe I'm just unsophisticated, but if I'm not looking I can't feel or hear much (if any) difference between fretboards purely in terms of material. I've played boards I like more and boards I like less of every common material and finish. It all comes down to whether I like that particular neck.
If the neck feels good and the color scheme is purty, I'm in.
No exception needed, I meant Les Paul's painted white and painted black also!
Rosewood feels like a nice piece of Victorian furniture
Maple feels like a thawed piece of Ice and sparkles.
Ebony feels like your in good hands!
Yup ... something like that but with strat body (of course ). I like maple fretboards (over rosewood) in my strats ... but I think black ebony could look great. So it was nice to read that it should also be good to play and sound wise? Bright ...bit like maple.[/QUOTE]
You could say the materials color the tone.
How do people look after ebony boards?. I have a Taylor Academy12e and wondered if you care for it the same as rosewood?