10" to 14.5" compound radius
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.
The radius of these fingerboards gradually changes from 10" at the nut and to 14-1/2" toward the bridge. Learn more about compound radius with this Free Information Compound Radius: Explained.
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 20-5/8" x 15/64" (60.32mm x 524mm x 5.95mm)
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.
Madagascar Rosewood, Master Grade
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 (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 indistinguishable from their Brazilian cousins.
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.
Our ultra-hard and smooth Rock Maple (Acer saccharum) fingerboards are perfect for electric guitar builds. This North American native species works well ands plays effortlessly. The maple we secured for our fingerboards is uniform in color and has that classic look and feel. The non-porous surface is easy to stain and finish in either gloss or matte for the exact feel you want.
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.
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.
As all rosewoods are now part of the CITES treaty, our Indian Rosewood and Madagascar Rosewood are not available for international export.
Ebony is usually not uniformly black. We offer Black Fingerboard Stain, as used by Gibson®, Paul Reed Smith® and other makers for darkening the streaks on ebony fingerboards, bridges and peghead overlays.
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.
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