Unslotted Fingerboard for Guitar

Unslotted Fingerboard for Guitar

Unslotted Fingerboard for Guitar Ebony

Ebony

Item # 1054
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$29.95

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Unslotted Fingerboard for Guitar Indian Rosewood

Indian Rosewood

Item # 1054-R
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$17.95

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Unslotted Fingerboard for Guitar Madagascar Rosewood, Master Grade
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Madagascar Rosewood, Master Grade

Item # 1063
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$69.95

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Unslotted Fingerboard for Guitar Madagascar Rosewood
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Madagascar Rosewood

Item # 1064
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$46.95

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Unslotted Fingerboard for Guitar Granadillo
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Granadillo

Item # 1054-G
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$14.95

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Unslotted Fingerboard for Guitar Cocobolo
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Cocobolo

Item # 1057
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$29.95

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Unslotted Fingerboard for Guitar Pao Ferro
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Pao Ferro

Item # 1059
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$22.95

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Unslotted Fingerboard for Guitar Ovangkol
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Ovangkol

Item # 1060
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$13.95

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Unslotted Fingerboard for Guitar Padauk
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Padauk

Item # 1061
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$11.95

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Unslotted Fingerboard for Guitar

About This Item

As you probably know, in recent years the availability of high quality, old-school, style fingerboards—the kind players have come to expect on their guitars—have been harder and harder to find.

As a result, our team set out on a mission to scour the world to find sustainable stashes of the best quality fingerboards available anywhere, and now, after much searching we're proud to stock one of the finest assortments of fingerboards you'll find anywhere.

Each of our fingerboards has been kiln dried and is stable and ready for use once it's been acclimated to your shop's environment.

Each board measures approximately:
2-3/8" x 20" x 15/64" (60.32mm x 508mm x 5.95mm)


Ebony
Our Ebony (Diospyros crassiflora) comes from West Africa and tends to be more uniformly black than we have seen from other sources, however, most African ebony is not perfectly jet black, most boards have some visible grain and occasional streaks of greys and tans. We think these visual variations offer character and enhance the aesthetics of most guitars, but if you desire a perfectly dark, jet black appearance consider using our Black Fingerboard Stain to darken the board and create the desired visual effect.

Indian Rosewood
It's easy to assume that due to Indian Rosewood's (Dalbergia latifolia) low price this is a lesser quality rosewood, but nothing could be further from the truth. For decades Indian Rosewood has been the choice of boutique builders as well as major manufacturers because it is extremely stable, beautiful, and is (often) much less expensive than more exotic rosewoods. In recent years there have been wide swings in the quality of Indian Rosewood, but our team has procured sustainable sources of some of the darkest, most even and straight-grained Indian Rosewood fingerboards available anywhere.

Madagascar Rosewood, Master Grade
Madagascar Rosewood (Dalbergia baroni) is the closest commercially available substitute—in both tone and visual appearance—for Brazilian Rosewood (Dalbergia nigra). Our Master Grade offers strong variegation, black ink lines and color contrast from golds to browns to blacks that make many of these boards virtually undistinguishable from their Brazilian cousins.

Madagascar Rosewood
Our standard grade Madagascar Rosewood (Dalbergia baroni) fingerboards are just as high quality as the Master Grade, however, these have a more uniform, brown, straight grained appearance. These offer a more standard understated visual effect and are similar to what you would find on most vintage instruments.

Cocobolo
Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) is another true rosewood that is an excellent choice for fingerboards. Freshly sanded Cocobolo often appears somewhere between orange and red, but over time it oxidizes nicely to a deep burgundy—almost black—color. Cocobolo is denser than most other rosewoods and thus wears very well, especially on guitars that will see a lot of heavy use.

Pau Ferro
In recent years Pau Ferro (Machaerium scleroxylon) fingerboards have become quite popular—especially with electric guitar builders—due to its sustainability, excellent resistance to wear and ability to hold frets like a vise. Plus, its non-porous surface makes it feel silky smooth and almost effortless to play.

Granadillo
Since all rosewoods are now part of the CITES treaty and international export is prohibited, Granadillo (Platymiscium yucatanum) has been rising in popularity among European and North American builders. It is an extremely inexpensive, dense, non-porous wood that resists wear, has a strong resonant tap-tone and glues well. Most boards range between sandy and “brick" brown and oxidizes over time to a warm dark brown patina.

Ovangkol
Ovangkol (Guibourtia ehie) has been used for years for acoustic guitar back and side sets, but more recently it has become a popular choice for fingerboards. Similar in density to Indian rosewood Ovangkol is another suitable substitute for CITES restricted rosewoods. Most boards are light to medium brown with dark brown and black grain lines that have an exotic, refined look that makes it a great choice for custom guitar makers.

Padauk
Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii) is an opened grained wood that is easy to machine and glue, and offers an extremely beautiful, exotic look to your next custom build. This wood is extremely popular with high end electric guitar makers and its striking pink/red color and perfectly straight grain create a stunning visual effect.

As all rosewoods are now part of the CITES treaty, our Indian Rosewood, Madagascar Rosewood, and Cocobolo are not available for international export.


Need help calculating your fret locations?
Our online fret scale calculator can calculate any scale length you want to use. It will also give you accurate measurements for locating the bridge on your instrument.


Instructions

Product Instructions

Scale Length Explained

Finding your scale length, how it affects tone, and more.

Product Instructions

How do I calculate a fret scale?

A link to our free, online Fret Scale Calculator for determining fret and bridge placements and saddle compensation.

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2.0

Granadillo-no

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Verified Buyer


I haven't used this fretboard in a guitar yet so I don't know how it performs. But I can comment on its appearance. On the StewMac website there is a picture of this next to Pau Ferro and it look much darker and with a fairly distinct grain pattern. Just the opposite...the piece I got was WAY lighter and has a very indistinct grain. The description says it is "dense, non-porous". The piece I got was extremely porous. It looks like scrap wood with whitish paint thinner splattered all over it.

I am used to using very beautiful exotic woods in guitar building and also in making my own fretboards, such as Padauk, Purple Heart, Morado, Canary Wood, etc. From my perspective this isn't even close to that class of wood. The only way I can think of to use this wood is to dye it jet black and pretend it is (porous) ebony. Maybe laminate some Purple Heart or Padauk down the center to give it some color.

I can certainly understand why this wood is relatively so cheap. However, Padauk is even cheaper and way, way more beautiful and smoother.

Response from StewMac


Hi David,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. We're very sorry to hear the Unslotted Granadillo Fingerboard for Guitar you received didn't meet your expectations. If you would like to speak with our Customer Support Team about a refund or replacement for this product, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-848-2273. We look forward to helping you with this.

Response from StewMac


Hi David,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. We're sorry to hear the Unslotted Granadillo Fingerboard for Guitar you received didn't meet your expectations. If you would like to speak with our Customer Support Team about a refund or replacement for this product, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-848-2273. We look forward to helping you with this.

5.0

Good to work with!

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Verified Buyer


I bought this unslotted fingerboard for a Dreadnaught to a Baritone conversion with a 27 1/2 scale. It leveled and fretted very good. It glued down nicely and looks just as good as rosewood plus it not an endangered species so there's no trouble getting it and the price is right!

4.0

reasonable quality at a very good price

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Verified Buyer


I build custom instruments and these work just fine for what my customers want.

4.0

Madagascar Rosewood

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Verified Buyer


When I received the Rosewood fingerboard it looked freshly cut. I immediately checked the tap tone and compared it with other boards I had available. I found the tone to be dark and a little dead actually. I ended up putting the wood in the oven and cooking it for a while to bring it back to life. I did have good results with further drying of the wood and some of the brightness and bell tones the wood was known for came right back. Its very resonant now and improved over the following days, took some work but I am happy with it.

5.0

finger board stock

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Verified Buyer


i bought some unslotted sanded finger boards and the dark "tortoise" bridge pins... lovely and fairly priced. thanks! the finger boards are a little thinner, sanded, than in the past, but the time savings and the quality is just what i need right now. i'm very happy.

5.0

Fingerboard

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Verified Buyer


I asked for a nice piece of wood for a special project I’m working on now. I was not disappointed. The folks at Stew-Mac picked me a piece that is gorgeous!

5.0

Fingerboard blank

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Verified Buyer


excellent service, quick shipping, and nice packing, great!!

3.0

Rosewood fingerboard

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Verified Buyer


I ordered two rosewood fingerboards. Both of the boards had decent grain and color, but both of the fingerboards had a slight bow. For $30 dollars, I did't feel like packaging them up and sending them back. Hopefully, I can use them as inlay material if they don't straighten over time. I've been very happy with the tools I've ordered from Stewmac, but I've had better luck ordering wood from other sites. I hope Stewmac improves their quality control on the fingerboards. I also hope they start to offer more torrified options such as body woods.

Response from StewMac


Hi George,
Thank you for sharing you honest feedback with us. We're very sorry to hear the Unslotted Rosewood Fingerboards you received were bowed. Quality and 100% Total Satisfaction is our goal every day. If you receive a product that is not up to our standards of quality, we will gladly replace it or refund you. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273 so we can make this right. We look forward to helping resolve this issue.

5.0

Very Good Wood

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Verified Buyer


Good figure and straight grain. A bit expensive.

3.0

Decent.

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Verified Buyer


Nice, uniform grain pattern. My only complaint is that of the two pieces I have ordered, one piece was irregularly cut at the end and warped. On thin stock, warpage wouldn't merit a low review, but since these are so thick it will he hard to correct and make the piece usable, but ill try. Overall, stewmac doesn't usually disappoint.

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