~ Brazilian Rosewood ~
The most coveted 'Holy Grail' wood in luthiery for its superior tone, long sustain and pure beauty. Ranging from deep red to dark chocolate brown in colour.
An upgrade option for all instruments.
~ Cocobolo fingerboard with custom floating frets! ~
~ Macassar Ebony ~
A stripy ebony possessing the best stability of the ebonies. The most interesting grain character of ebonies for an instrument.
~ African Blackwood ~
My standard fingerboard wood for ukes and guitars.
Equal in tone to Brazilian rosewood, and more stable then any ebony ABW is a true rosewood & the best choice for fingerboards if a rich black with dark brown look is wanted.
~ Amazon Rosewood ~
Hard, fantastic tone & dark in colour when finished, Amazon rosewood makes an excellent substitute for Brazilian rosewood.
~ African Ebony ~
The traditional standard fingerboard material.
Indian ebony is also very good as is Rocklite's "Ebano", a new eco friendly ebony substitute fingerboard material.
All my fingerboards and headstocks are bound & mitered with the same wooden binding material as the rest of the instrument.
Accompanying the binding is a decorative purfling line which lead from the fingerboard into and around the headstock face.
~ Fingerboard face position markers are your choice of dots in various sizes in Mother of Pearl or other material such as Paua shell.
~ Other options are : 4mm Notched squares
: No markers for a very clean elegant look.
: Custom. An example of my custom work is the buckeye burl markers framed in mitered bwb's on the brazilian rosewood fingerboard below.
~ A fretless ukulele with highly polished African Blackwood fretboard ~