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    Bubinga




    Pau Ferro




    Preciosa
    "Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more."
    Nikola Tesla

  • #2
    the win is strong in that post
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    • #3
      Padauk

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      • #4
        Granadillo, which I'm surprised hasn't been used more often except for the fact that it is a little pricier then rosewood (from my sources anyway). Looks fantastic, feels great.

        This gorgeous wood runs the color spectrum from violet to dark red to brown with frequent streaking and pronounced figure. Very hard, heavy, and dense with a tight grain and a fine texture. Weight 56 to 75 lbs. per cu. ft. Occasional light blonde sapwood contrasts beautifully with the heartwood.

        A medium-sized to large canopy tree, up to 100 feet in height in the natural rain forest, with trunk diameters of up to 3 feet, with a clear, straight, cylindrical bole to 60 feet above a buttress.

        Takes a high natural polish works easily, finishes smoothly, and responds well to hand tools. It glues, nails and screws well, and is rated highly durable. Frequently used for fine furniture and cabinetry, decorative veneers, flooring, musical instruments, turnery, joinery and specialty items such as violin bows and billiard cues Granadillo is an excellent substitute for Rosewood or Cocobolo.
        It smells like rosewood also.

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        • #5
          Paduk is pretty BUT IME it will turn black unless heavily UV blocked or only taken out in the dark, same with purple heart sadly...

          some of my favorite fingerboard woods are highly figured:

          snakewood




          and cocobola


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          • #6
            Beauties !

            keep in mind some woods are dangerous / toxic to the respiratory , skin and eyes and can make you very ill so be advised and informed whilst working exotic woods .
            "Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more."
            Nikola Tesla

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            • #7
              Yah, cocobola is the oft referenced toxic dust species although it doesn't bother me (an asthmatic) at all... Its also difficult to glue due to surface oils, but LMII sells gorgeous slotted radiused boards for cheap
              http://www.lmii.com/CartTwo/Secondproducthead.asp?CategoryName=Fingerboards

              and Gilmer sells snakewood ($$!!)

              ~$160 each!

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              • #8



                Bubinga


                the fretboard on my '06 Ric 330 (also blueburst) is bubinga. apparently, they've now switched to "Caribbean Rosewood", which is darker.
                There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." - Isaac Asimov, Newsweek (21 January 1980)

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                • #9
                  the fretboard on my '06 Ric 330 (also blueburst) is bubinga. apparently, they've now switched to "Caribbean Rosewood", which is darker.


                  Interesting ! I didn't know that , Thanks . and pics of your BBR !
                  "Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more."
                  Nikola Tesla

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                  • #10
                    After careful analysis I think the ultimate fingerboard wood made by nature is African Blackwood.
                    "I don't want to be immortalized through my work. I want to be immortalized by not dying." Woody Allen

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                    • #11
                      Yah, cocobola is the oft referenced toxic dust species although it doesn't bother me (an asthmatic) at all... Its also difficult to glue due to surface oils, but LMII sells gorgeous slotted radiused boards for cheap
                      http://www.lmii.com/CartTwo/Secondproducthead.asp?CategoryName=Fingerboards

                      and Gilmer sells snakewood ($$!!)

                      ~$160 each!


                      Nice !
                      "Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more."
                      Nikola Tesla

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                      • #12
                        Pau ferro is still my personal favorite. We don't need pictures of this stuff, do we?
                        "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." -- Winston Churchill

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                        • #13
                          Interesting ! I didn't know that , Thanks . and pics of your BBR !


                          it was in the Ric factory tour vid done by Premier Guitar.

                          There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." - Isaac Asimov, Newsweek (21 January 1980)

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                          • #14
                            That is stunning !
                            "Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more."
                            Nikola Tesla

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                            • #15
                              I'm a ziricote fan. From Warmoth...

                              This dark gray to brown to black wood is similar to ebony in weight and density. Some pieces have gorgeous striping and spider web grain patterns. The feel is buttery smooth and slick. The density translates to great sustain and the tone is considered to be much like Brazilian Rosewood. Limited availability and a bit expensive.


                              MIA Fender Strat / Gibson Les Paul Studio / Custom Telecaster / Washburn WI66 / Custom Stratocaster / Martin D15S / Guild D55 / Simon & Patrick Cedar / Martin HD16R LSH​

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