Rosewood or Ebony Fretboard?

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  1. ampholic

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    I see the thread on choosing different types of rosewood but what are the pros and cons of ebony versus indian rosewood?
    Thanks!
     
  2. EL 34 X2

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    Usually, I find ebony boards to sound a bit brighter. I like them more on set neck and shorter scale guitars. They sound harsh to me on maple necked Fender style guitars. Just my 2 cents....
     
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    I like and have both. The ebony board does lend itself to a snappier brighter sound. This could be percieved as harsh, but the clarity is nice. The rosewood is a little warmer, seems to give a smoothness to the overall sound. I find the treble strings still have quite a bit of bite on the attack. The wound strings seem to take on a much warmer character.
     
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    I love the attack of ebony and I love the bloom of rosewood!

    I prefer the look and feel of Ebony in general, unless it's a really clean and smooth piece of BRW/IRW
     
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    I judge my fingerboards purely by smell, so brazilian rosewood wins! =)
     
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    I greatly prefer ebony, jet black please :D. Feels and looks much better to me. Soundwise, I don't have enough personal data to say they sound different from one another (and that goes with maple fretboards too).

    -Austin
     
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    I like em both, but they have different characteristics I like the feel of ebony more than rosewood. i like the sound of some rosewoods more than some ebonies.

    That slick Ebony feeling where it looks almost like its waxed is incredible.
     
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    Ebony feels so much better under the fingers, both have their tonal aspects that are appealing.
     
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    How about kingwood
    Any opinions?
     
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    ebony board on a rosewood neck is the sh!t

    if you add that to a semi hollow body its naturally balanced, beautiful, and amazing
     
  11. carson072

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    I have an ebony and massacar ebony fingerboard on guitars, I really like the feel of both. The ebony one is on a 12 string and I think the brightness really helps it. Might be weird on a strat style. The massacar (sp?) ebony board just looks amazing though, love the feel of that one as well.
     
  12. paintguy

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    I'll go for feel over anything else when it comes to the fingerboard everytime.

    I'll take ebony if I have my choice.

    Love the feel!!!
     
  13. DC1

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    I love ebony, both for sound and feel, but it is bright. I have it on a wide and big maple neck with big SS frets and a basswood body with a maple thin top, and it is tone heaven for me.

    DC
     
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    I have three ebony boards, a BRW board and a maple board. I like BRW and ebony about equally. Can't really comment on IRW as I don't have one.
     
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    I believe it's spelled "macassar" ebony..but, anyway you name it, it sure looks good!
     
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    ebony - more snap:hide
     

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