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Ebony fretboard on a Tele?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by doghouseman, Nov 19, 2020.

  1. doghouseman

    doghouseman Tele-Meister

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    Anyone ever try an ebony board on a Tele?

    I know it is sacrilege.. but just wondering.

    Ebony is fairly bright sounding so I am wondering if it might sound good.
     
  2. suave eddie

    suave eddie Friend of Leo's

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    I ordered my G&L ASAT Classic with an ebony board simply because I like the look and feel of it.
    I personally don't believe it contributes anything significantly to the sonic qualities.
     
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  3. BigDaddyLH

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    Ditto, with a G&L ASAT Special. I ordered it with no inlay :cool:. I can't say if it's brighter than rosewood, say, but it feels smoother and I got a knob for turning down the treble.

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  4. Mike Simpson

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    I have a wenge fretboard on two guitars, I don't notice much difference except it is blacker...

    The pickguard is tort now.

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  5. rze99

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    It's great. Not sacrilege.
    I made this one - my "Jimmy Page" 59 type. It has an ebony fretboard on a 59 Warmoth neck. White Blonde nitro finish by Rexter Guitars. Pure vintage 58 pickups. Callaham parts. It's one of my favourite playing guitars and looks fantastic too.
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    I have had this Squier body since 1984, I cannot remember how long ago I purchased the Godin made neck ,maple with ebony fretboard and it has had two refinishes and several pickup sets in it, currently Lollar Christian and Special in the bridge. Pretty damn good guitar!!
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  7. doghouseman

    doghouseman Tele-Meister

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    I can hear the difference between Ebony and Rosewood and Maple. I guess that is just me.

    Ebony has very scooped mids. The highs are not as aggressive as with Maple.

    I do like the smoothness of Ebony but I am not sure I like the mellowness in the high end.
     
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  8. doghouseman

    doghouseman Tele-Meister

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    Did Jimmy's 59 have an Ebony board?
     
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  9. rze99

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    noooooo
     
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  10. rze99

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    Ebony snaps a bit more than rosewood, like maple.
     
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  11. kafka

    kafka Tele-Afflicted

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    Yeah, my Kubicki tele has an ebony fretboard. Very thin profile, also. I put it on a chambered Warmoth body. Very snappy. It's more tele than a Tele.
     
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    I love the quality of ebony. I have ebony fingerboards on my classical guitar, a Les Paul, a Martin OM, my Mule and a custom built banjo. Have a look at Taylor Guitars project and consider using streaky ebony rather than insisting on pure black.

    https://www.taylorguitars.com/ebonyproject/

    This is an ebony fingerboard on my Mule

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    SRHmusic Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Oh man, that is a really nice guitar. GAS is a thing... argh.
     
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    I have an old Warmoth neck on a tele that has an ebony board. I like it, but I can't hear too much difference between it, and my rosewood. When I got it, it had no frets left. The refret is where I learned many painful lessons about ebony, and how brittle it can be. Youch! This will be the only ebony neck I own.
     
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    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I made a Warmoth strat with an ebony board and stainless steel frets. Never had another neck on it to make a comparison, but it's not my favorite strat ever.

    I had a rosewood fingerboard neck from Warmoth on my American Std. tele, and recently switched back to the stock, rosewood tele neck. In addition to having a profile I prefer, it just plain sounds better. Who could say why?
     
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    I got an ebony Elite neck on a partscaster. I love the neck sounds similar to rosewood if you ask me
     
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    Had to replace the neck on my Nashville Power Tele when it developed a nasty twist (the neck, that is). The replacement neck I ordered from Guitar Fetish has an ebony board, old neck had a rosewood board. There's not a lot of sonic difference between the two, but I like the look and feel of ebony. YMMV _631.JPG
     
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  20. SparkleFart

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    I have an ebony fret board on my FSR thinline. I apparently don't have a good enough ear to discern an audible difference, but it sure feels nice under the fingers.

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