"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!"
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.