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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+  
STEEL STRING / ELECTRIC GUITAR – 2.5" wide
FBAEPRELSteel Str./Elec. fingerboard, W. African Ebony, premium grade
Yes $35.67 N/A
FBAEPRELTHSteel Str./Elec. fingerboard, W. African Ebony, premium grade, 1/4" thick
No $35.67 N/A
FBAE1ELSteel Str./Elec. fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade
Yes $25.48 N/A
FBAE1ELTHSteel Str./Elec. fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $25.48 N/A
FBAE2ELSteel Str./Elec. fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade
Yes $20.13 $17.91
FBAE2ELTHSteel Str./Elec. fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $20.13 $17.91
FBAE2NSSteel Str./Elec. fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade, 19 3/4" long, 1/4" thick
Yes $19.13 $17.02
CLASSICAL GUITAR – 2.75" wide
FBAEPRSTDClassical fingerboard, W. African Ebony, premium grade
No $42.55 N/A
FBAEPRSTDTHClassical fingerboard, W. African Ebony, premium grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $37.55 N/A
FBAE1STDClassical fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade
Yes $26.82 N/A
FBAE1STDTHClassical fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $18.77 N/A
FBAE2STDClassical fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade
Yes $21.19 $18.86
FBAE2STDTHClassical fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $21.19 $18.86
WIDE GUITAR / 7-STRING – 3" wide
FBAE17STDWide fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade
Yes $37.55 N/A
FBAE17STDTHWide fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade, 1/4” thick
Yes $37.55 N/A
FBAE27STDWide fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade
Yes $29.66 $26.40
FBAE27STDTHWide fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade, 1/4” thick
Yes $29.66 $26.40
BASS GUITAR – 2.75" wide
FBAEPR4STRBass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, premium grade
Yes $48.82 N/A
FBAE14STRBass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade
Yes $34.87 N/A
FBAE14STRTHBass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $34.87 N/A
FBAE24STRBass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade
Yes $27.55 $24.52
FBAE24STRTHBass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $27.55 $24.52
5-STRING BASS GUITAR – 3.25" wide
FBAE15STR5-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade
Yes $37.55 N/A
FBAE15STRTH5-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $37.55 N/A
FBAE25STR5-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade
Yes $29.66 $26.40
FBAE25STRTH5-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $29.66 $26.40
6-STRING BASS GUITAR – 3.75" wide
FBAE16STR6-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade
Yes $60.35 N/A
FBAE16STRTH6-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade, 1/4" thick
Yes $60.35 N/A
FBAE26STR6-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade
Yes $47.68 N/A
FBAE16STRNS6-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade, 27.5" long
Yes $37.67 N/A
FBAE16STRNSTH6-string bass fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade, 27.5" long, 1/4" thick
Yes $37.67 N/A
MANDOLIN/UKULELE – 2" wide
FBAE1MUMando/uke fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 1st grade
Yes $7.15 $6.35
FBAE2MUMando/uke fingerboard, W. African Ebony, 2nd grade
Yes $4.51 N/A

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