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Ebony, Indian Fingerboards

Indian Ebony is less plentiful than West African Ebony and so you are less likely to find it in the marketplace, though it is commonly used for violin and other bowed instrument fittings. The wood is about 8% lower in weight than African Ebony, but has equal (excellent) compression strength and is similarly stable. We are assured of responsible harvest practices with third-party oversight.

All fingerboards coming out of India are slightly tapered on the width – typically 2 mm or .080”. The width dimension listed is at the widest point.

Indian Ebony is among the darkest Ebonies available, nonetheless, it is rarely pure black. Additionally, we will allow small grain abnormalities in our 1st-grade boards if we judge them to be cosmetically insignificant. Indian Ebony is notorious for its mineral spots and our fingerboards are no exception. These spots are easy to camouflage. We recommend using one of the following products to darken your fingerboards:

  • FFOA - Fingerboard Oil
  • FLWRO - O'Brien Lutherie Wax
  • FFO - Nomad F-One Oil
  • FAW Dr. Duck's Ax Wax
  • FSTBK - Black Wood Dye