Poll: Fretboard of choice

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by Merc, Nov 27, 2019.

What’s your fretboard wood of choice?

  1. Maple

    9 vote(s)
  2. Rosewood

    19 vote(s)
  3. Ebony

    49 vote(s)
  4. Walnut

    0 vote(s)
  5. Laurel

    1 vote(s)
  6. Pau Ferro

    0 vote(s)
  7. Wood species not listed

    2 vote(s)
  1. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    I have to say, the guitar I used Rocklite 'Ebano' on came out very nice, I'd defy you to be able to tell it's not the real deal by looking, feeling and playing it.

    The only way to tell is to wipe it with acetone, real ebony will bleed color.

    Only drawback is that it costs more than ebony.
  2. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Thanks. It’s a 2010 semi solid Vox 55 made in Korea. The semi solid was the only production Vox out of that generation that came with ebony. My guess is it’s probably grade B ebony. The rest of the board has no streaking and tighter grain. Although not beautiful as @G5422T Gretsch fretboard

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  3. Petrified. It lasts forever
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  4. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I like all the above you listed, you need all the above choice. I do like all of them, I do not care for heavily dyed wood. I would much rather see the natural color and grain. In the end, I voted rosewood.
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  5. johnny g

    johnny g Country Gent

    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    Nothing like a fine cut of maple for teles and strats. But I prefer rosewood for other guitars.
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  6. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    I don't care the kind of wood from a playability or tone standpoint, but like the fine dense grain of ebony best.

    BUT, for certain Strats and Teles, maple all the way.
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2019
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  7. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Ebony's my favorite, but I own very few guitars that actually have it. By far, most are rosewood.

    Maple boards are funny. If you think about it, there's relatively few guitars that come with that, and most say Fender on the headstock. It's kinda their thing really. My Tele is a maple and I love it. My Strat is a rosewood and I almost never play it.

    I've been thinking of swapping out that Strat neck for years. One of these days I might just get around to doing it!
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  8. bluenote23

    bluenote23 Country Gent

    Oct 17, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Blondes for me. Of course, with my Gretschs that's not a choice. 2 ebony, 4 rosewood but the fretboard wood does not determine preference. Not like Fender, rosewwood just doesn't feel quite right.
  9. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Generally I prefer non-tropical hardwoods like maple for environmental reasons, but it does depend on the guitar.
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  10. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Thanks, much appreciated. A lot of work to get a fretboard to this level, but it's one of those things that I enjoy doing when I'm in the mood.

    Those pics of my RI -58 Gent's board show what two light applications of F-one, and then two light coats of raw linseed oil will do to a board, with proper application and dry/cure time. A lot of "rubbing/polishing" involved in the process.

    There's numerous varieties of ebony, and some do have lighter streaking areas in the grain.

    Gretsch doesn't say exactly what ebony that they use, but here's a few pics of the ebony board on my 6120-59QM. Two F-one coats only for now.

    This board is a lighter black, and has some nice lighter streaking in the grain. Great feeling board, and Mother Nature's hand in creating its look.

    20191128_132836.jpg 20191128_132741.jpg

    No dye from what I can tell, and the raw linseed oil treatment would darken it up a little and give it that sheen, but I'm leaving it alone for now.
  11. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Being an avid woodworker when I was young, I played with a lot of walnut. One of my favorite woods too.

    Typically tight grained, hard, various shades of brown, and can be finished up as smooth as you want it to be.

    I'm actually surprised that walnut hasn't been used more over the years for a fretboard wood. It meets all the needs of a quality fretboard material.

    I'm guessing that the higher price and lower volume of Tropical type woods finally pushed guitar makers to take a look at Walnut.

    A walnut board is a beautiful thing! Shoot, if I was ever able to order a Custom Shop Gretsch, I would highly consider having walnut the wood choice for the fretboard.
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  12. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    I'm fine with most ,but Ebony would be my first choice.
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  13. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    On a Strat I would prefer a maple-board, Everything else would be ebony for me.
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  14. j.s.c

    j.s.c Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2008
    Ebony just boring like black platic would be. It's also colder to me than the warmer tone of rosewood.

    Btw refret old ebony board is ... where is this recent thread about chainsaw massacrer?
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  15. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    A little off topic of fretboard wood but on target of Walnut. The other day I saw this used Custom Virage with a Walnut top and mahogany back. I love the look of it. It would be nice to see more Walnut tops.

  16. RussB

    RussB Electromatic

    Sep 20, 2019
    This is torrified maple,


    Nice colorful rosewood here,


    Ebony on my Eastman T486

  17. Moleng1

    Moleng1 Synchromatic

    Jul 5, 2014
    Vancouver, B.C. Canada
    I actually like the Richlite fret boards, people get so hung up on old school things when it comes to guitars and poo poo anything new that comes along, yet can't live without newest iPhone, computer, or electrical gadget and will argue how much better the new and improved models are??

    The Richlite boards I have played are dark, smooth, and rock solid and probably still will be a 1000 years from now, but that's just me.

    On another note, most of the ebony tree is actually white, don't know why companies that use maple for their boards wouldn't look into using the white ebony instead??
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  18. GreTschocaster

    GreTschocaster Gretschie

    Feb 11, 2013
    For me it is ebony on Gretsch with either a 12 or 9.5 radius, rosewood on a Strat with 9.5 radius and Maple on a Telecaster with 9.5 or 7.25 radius
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  19. Hammerhands

    Hammerhands Country Gent

    Aug 26, 2011
    I hope my next ebony board is all white or marbled.
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