25" scale • Flat radius • 24 slots
Slotted for Paul Reed Smith®, Dobro®, National™ and other 25" scale guitars.
Our kiln-dried fingerboards have flat undersides, are unfretted (no inlays), and ready for trimming to fit a variety of neck widths.
Approximate dimensions: 2-3/8" x 19" x 15/64" (60.32mm x 482.60mm x 5.95mm)
Scale: 25" (635mm)
Radius: Flat radius
Fret slots: 24 slots, 0.023" wide (0.58mm). Ready to accept our fretwire.
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.
StewMac is extremely proud to be one of the only luthier suppliers of Crelicam Ebony (Diospyros crassiflora). This is the same species of ebony that you know and love, but each piece has been hand-selected for its gorgeous looks and exceptional feel. Each fingerboard is unique, the colors range from tans and golds, to blacks, greens and purples with a mix of variegation, light and dark lines, and even some flame. Crelicam Ebony is very hard, super smooth, and holds frets well—you'll make an excellent playing fingerboard with a boutique, one of a kind look.
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 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.
Ziricote (Cordia dodecandra) is considered by many builders to be one of the most visually stunning tonewoods available today. Its gorgeous "marbled" or "spiderweb" figure gives a totally unique look to any build. It also has an amazingly diverse range of colors—prominent dark black lines often intertwine beautifully with shades of gray, gold, green and rusty brown. It is heavier than most Rosewoods and works like Ebony.
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.
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