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GreatDane wrote: Is ebony that expensive or scarce that its more cost effective to dye rosewood?
Actually GD, some ebony is cheaper than some rosewood, one can buy a fretboard of each for about the same price from many luthier supplies, however imho the cost difference you see in guitras that carry an actual fretboard is a reflection of how much of a bitch it is to work with and how easy it is to trash an ebony board.
It's like trying to produce finite and definite shapes with foam or polystyrene, or even glass.
I'd sonner work stainless steel with a tootbrush.
Don't get me wrong, I love ebony, but it usually makes me cry at least once every time I make or replace an ebony board