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Fretboard Question

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by ryandnicholson, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. ryandnicholson

    ryandnicholson TDPRI Member

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    Does anyone know why fender doesn't use ebony as a fretboard? As far as I know I don't I've seen one. Is there a reason?
     
  2. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

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    The Telecaster Walnut Elites from 1983 were made with an ebony fretboard, as were some of the Set Neck Teles.

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    Good question though as ebony's use by Fender has been meager at best.
     
  3. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    More expensive than rosewood???
     
  4. kookaburra

    kookaburra Tele-Afflicted

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    I know that until the last year or so, ebony and rosewood were both no extra cost options at Carvin. Now the ebony is a bit more. I don't know how it has played out over the last six decades, though.

    Now I'm also curious!
     
  5. qblue

    qblue Tele-Afflicted

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    Guitar makers say it is more expensive. It is supposedly more brittle than rosewood. I also think ebony is environmentally protected.

    That being said I have 3 guitars with ebony boards. My Fender Strat Ultra, Gibson ES-347, and a Yamaha SBG2100 all have ebony boards.
     
  6. Phelonious Ponk

    Phelonious Ponk Tele-Afflicted

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    Leo was a practical guy with a very open, inquisitive mind, who used feedback from musicians to refine and develop his products. He switched away from maple because it didn't wear well (showed dirt and wear) in the hands of gigging musicians, he switched to rosewood because it was readily available. But while Leo was a practical guy who was always working on radical new ideas like six saddle bridges, necks that could be "shimmed" with the turn of an allen wrench and truss rods that could be adjusted without removing the neck, many of his followers turned out to be very conservative guys who want to stick to the "traditions" of Leo's earliest work.

    I've had 2 G&Ls with ebony fretboards.

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  7. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    The currently available Jim Root Tele comes in a black-n-white and a white-n-black version, and one of those has an ebony fingerboard:

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    This proves Fender can deliver on ebony 'boards today. It's too bad it is only being used here for looks and it's too bad that it isn't an option on more Fenders.

    Like PP, I took advantage of G&L custom options and got a ebony 'board on my ASAT:

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    I love the feel. And the look.
     
  8. Lostinthe50s

    Lostinthe50s Tele-Afflicted

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    Strat Ultra's from the 90s had ebony boards
     
  9. studio

    studio Poster Extraordinaire

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    Ebony looks beautiful. Especially when contrasted
    with that aged white look of the upper tele there.
     
  10. Westerly Sunn

    Westerly Sunn Poster Extraordinaire

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    Want!
     
  11. homesick345

    homesick345 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I think ebony is very bright. I have noticed that all my fave Gibson guitars are the ones with the ebony board. It just seems to take the mud away from humbuckers.

    You probably noticed by now that I am the Antichrist , since I believe fretboards have an impact on the guitar sound :twisted:

    As such, ebony fretboards on Fender guitars will veer them too much on the bright , brittle side
     
  12. richinva

    richinva Tele-Meister

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    What kind of ebony?
     
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    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

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    Burn him! BURN HIM!!!
     
  14. fuzzbender

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    Diospyros ebenum, diospyros crassiflora, diospyros celebica or diospyros tesselaria?

    i'm not a botanist
     
  15. sonserve

    sonserve Friend of Leo's

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    My D-28 has ebony. I have worn some serious divots in it.
    My D-16 HR has rosewood. Divots...
    Of course the board effects the tone. It just does.
    Just saying...
     
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