“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with Sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirely by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a drill press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

Bloodwood Fingerboard

FINGERBOARDSBloodwood1stgrade400 FINGERBOARDSBloodwood2ndgrade400
 1st grade  2nd grade

Bloodwood fingerboard on a Hufschmid guitar.

Bloodwood is a bolder red color than either Paduak or Bois d' Rose but has the advantage of not oxidizing to a warmer color over time. For this reason, it is often used as decorative binding and inlay by luthiers and furniture makers alike. It is remarkably dense (about as dense as the harder rosewoods such as Honduran and Brazilian) so it is well suited for fingerboards, bridge blanks and backs and sides. David Segal of New York Bass Works says it's "Very hard, rings like a bell, is quartersawn and likely more stable than Ebony. This should become my fretless fingerboard wood of choice!". 

We are unable to radius Bloodwood fingerboards.
We use a shaper/molder type tool to radius our boards and the grain of Bloodwood tears out when attempting to radius it. Our radius blocks work well for this task.

See all our Fingerboard Sizes

Individual fingerboard sizes will show when you hover over any product name below.

Our current stock of fingerboards and bridge blanks are not a good match. Getting quartersawn bloodwood is difficult and the colors of bloodwood are varied.

SKU Product Name In Stock Each  
FBBW1MU Mando/uke fingerboard, Bloodwood, 1st grade
Yes $8.19
FBBW2MU Mando/uke fingerboard, Bloodwood, 2nd grade
Yes $6.47