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Rock Maple comes from the eastern coast of North America, and unlike the more regularly figured Bigleaf maple, Rock Maple offers the requisite hardness and stability of a good fingerboard wood. These boards are quartersawn unless otherwise labeled, and even colored.
“Tempered”, “Roasted”, “baked” or 'cooked' woods are exposed to temperatures of 350° to 425° Fahrenheit (about 180°-220° Celsius). They are "cooked" in a vacuum chamber so that there is no flame or burning. The process is called 'torrefaction'. There are number of positive results with tempered wood including a darker color, greater stability, feel, and tone. We carry light tempered and dark tempered Rock Maple fingerboards.