"I’m about 10 tops into a stack of 40 cedar tops I got from you, and whenever I want to start a new guitar, I just walk over and pick a top off the stack, and start building. They are all that great! I don’t have to dink around with the pattern, or select the “best" one: I just start building. I love that! I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your high standards, and what a pleasure it is to do business with you!"
By far the best value in Ebony, our Macassar Ebony is quartersawn, stable and less prone to cracking than African and Indian Ebony. The boards range from near black to very stripey, so please state your preference when ordering. Many find the striping in this wood to be beautiful, but for those who insist on black fingerboards we have had good success darkening the wood with either FD fingerboard dye, FFOA fingerboard oil, or FAW Duck’s Ax Wax (See chart). The dye darkens the wood completely, the oil renders even the boldest streaks barely perceptible and the Ax wax deepens the color.
Master flamenco guitar maker Lester Devoe has chosen Macassar Ebony as the preferred fingerboard wood for his high-end guitars. Stability is the most important thing for him, so he values that the boards are quartersawn. He likes the striped coloration but dyes them for some customers. The boards with more color contrast seem to be a little lighter in weight that the darker ones and so for Lester, these are best for getting the tone he wants from his flamencos (saving the dark ones for his classical guitars).
Excellent quantity discounts are available. Please inquire.