“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

Indian Rosewood Fingerboard


1st grade Indian Rosewood fingerboards 

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In recent decades Indian Rosewood has been the most widely used wood around the world for fingerboards on production electric and acoustic guitars. Although it is not as wear resistant as Ebony or some of the more dense Rosewoods, larger production facilities value it for its greater stability, lower cost and more colorful grain. It is also lighter than Ebony but with equal longitudinal strength when glued to the neck.


  • Premium grade: If we have these, they will be well quartered, with unusually dark even color. Grain is basically straight, no coarse grain or mineral deposits Less than 1% of the boards we receive fall into this category and they sell briskly, so we are often out of stock. 
    See sample of  premium grade Indian Rosewood fingerboards

  • 1st grade: Well quartered, good even color, grain is basically straight, no coarse grain or mineral deposits.

  • 2nd grade: Basically quartered and free of structural defects, these boards may exhibit one or more of the following attributes: light color, coarse grain, slight mineral deposits, uneven color and/or grain that is not perfectly straight.
    See sample of  2nd grade Indian Rosewood fingerboards

IMPORTANT SHIPPING NOTE: Due to the recent CITES convention ruling we are no longer able to ship Rosewood parts, including Indian Rosewood, outside of the U.S. However, we expect to be able to send select Rosewood products to our customers in Canada beginning the first week of January, 2017. Look for the Maple leaf next to the applicable parts. Canadian HST and GST taxes will apply and the wood will be received on a separate invoice from the other items in your order.