“I keep meaning to send an email and let you know that I got the prem. Indian Rosewood and was very pleased. You all at LMII have always given me great reason for trust in doing business with you. You have always treated me well and in a prompt and professional fashion. You have always helped with any problems that I might. have. Your staff is knowledgeable and professional and the materials have been great. You guys run the type of business that makes me look for things I need that I can get from you. If that doesn't work (look for things I might need in the future). Thank you for giving me a place where I can buy my materials with confidence.”

Michael M.

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Grading West African Ebony

FINGERBOARDWestAfricanEbonyPremium400 FINGERBOARDWestAfricanEbonyFirstGrade400 FINGERBOARDWestAfricanEbony2ndGrade400
Premium Grade 1st Grade 2nd Grade


  • Premium grade boards are the very darkest available in this species, though few will be “jet black”. About 2 to 4 percent of the Ebony we receive will fall into this grade. No quantity discounts are given and they are often out of stock.

  • 1st grade boards will commonly exhibit grey streaks and/or grey mottling. This is the grade we are shipping to high-end guitar manufactures and luthiers. If there is a defect, it will be a  small one on a nice board (a few small pinholes or a very small knot). Additional quantity discounts are available for purchases of 25 or more units. Please inquire.

  • 2nd grade boards usually have broad grey patches. Some small worm holes are allowed as are irregularities in the grain orientation (twists or knots with no voids).