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“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

Ebony Fingerboards, West African

FINGERBOARDWestAfricanEbonyFirstGrade4001st grade West African Ebony

See 2nd grade West African Ebony

Diospyros crassiflora

West African Ebony (also known as Gabon Ebony from West Africa) has been a standard fingerboard wood for factory guitars in Europe and America, and for many builders it is preferred because it is easier to plane and is more stable than other Ebonies. It is rarely pure-black, but the streaks and mottling that is indicative of West African Ebony is now largely accepted in the marketplace. For those who require blacker boards, you can use either our FD fingerboard dye, FFOA fingerboard oil or FAW (“Duck’s Ax Wax”) to darken the wood. 
See comparison chart.

NOTE: For many years now we have not been able to get quartersawn boards as the Ebony trees are very small. Less than 1% of the boards are quartersawn and we can not specially select quartersawn boards for you.

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See a West African Ebony fingerboard
on a bass by Anthony Olinger
of Xylem Custom Basses & Guitars.


We also carry Macassar Ebony fingerboards.


SKU Product Name In Stock Each 3+  
FBAEPRSTDTH Classical fingerboard, W. African Ebony, premium grade, 1/4" thick
No $37.55 N/A
FBAE1STD Classical fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade
Yes $26.82 N/A
FBAE1STDTH Classical fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $18.77 N/A
FBAE2STD Classical fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade
Yes $21.19 $18.86
FBAE2STDTH Classical fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $21.19 $18.86
FBAE17STD Wide fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade
Yes $37.55 N/A
FBAE17STDTH Wide fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade, 1/4” thick
Yes $37.55 N/A
FBAE27STD Wide fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade
Yes $29.66 $26.40
FBAE27STDTH Wide fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade, 1/4” thick
Yes $29.66 $26.40
FBAE1EL Steel Str./Elec. fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade
Yes $25.48 N/A
FBAE1ELTH Steel Str./Elec. fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $25.48 N/A
FBAE2EL Steel Str./Elec. fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade
Yes $20.13 $17.91
FBAE2ELTH Steel Str./Elec. fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $20.13 $17.91
FBAE2NS Steel Str./Elec. fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade, 19 3/4" long, 1/4" thick
Yes $19.13 $17.02
FBAEPR4STR Bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, premium grade
Yes $48.82 N/A
FBAE14STR Bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade
Yes $34.87 N/A
FBAE14STRTH Bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $34.87 N/A
FBAE24STR Bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade
Yes $27.55 $24.52
FBAE24STRTH Bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $27.55 $24.52
FBAE15STR 5-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade
No $37.55 N/A
FBAE15STRTH 5-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade, 1/4" thick
No $37.55 N/A
FBAE25STR 5-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade
Yes $29.66 $26.40
FBAE16STR 6-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade
Yes $60.35 N/A
FBAE16STRTH 6-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $60.35 N/A
FBAE26STR 6-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade
Yes $47.68 N/A
FBAE16STRNS 6-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade, 27.5" long
Yes $37.67 N/A
FBAE16STRNSTH 6-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade, 27.5" long, 1/4" thick
Yes $37.67 N/A
FBAE1MU Mando/uke fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade
Yes $7.15 $6.35
FBAE2MU Mando/uke fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade
Yes $4.51 N/A


MORE ABOUT EBONY: One of the densest of woods, Ebony is chosen for fingerboards for its resistance to wear, compression strength parallel to the grain, and for its blackness which provides a uniform contrasting background for inlay work. It also holds the fret tang well. Ebony seasons slowly compared to other woods, but once in service is very stable.

Recent developments in the supply chain have improved accountability and now all Ebony products coming into LMI have advanced from acceptable to excellent with regards to Lacey Act compliance. Our sources have also increased efforts to manage the forests in Camaroon (the country of origin for West African Ebony) to ensure that ecologically and socially responsible harvesting practices remain in place and to maintain a steady supply into the foreseeable future. In order to do this we expect (and accept) steady price increases and a wider range of acceptable qualities in our grading. This usually just means more color in the wood. We have no more Madagascar Ebony left and we do not expect to be able to bring in more unless a third party certifier is established in Madagascar.

 

For an environmentally-friendly option,
check out Rocklite® engineered composite fingerboards.