The neck and the fingerboard affect the ease with which a violin is played and also its sound. The viola fingerboard is very slightly curved in a concave shape, this is because otherwise the strings would collide with the wood when vibrating. Usually the fingerboard is made of ebony wood, since its density and acoustic properties are perfect.
The fingerboard is the piece of the instrument that the violinist wears out the most when playing, since the strings continually brush against each other while playing the instrument and breakage can occur. This is why it is very important the maintenance of the pieces, using oils or specialized products for the care of the instrument.
Ebony is one of the densest woos that exist, its homogenous black is a very important visual quality, the quality of the fingerboard will depend on the intensity of the black color and on the straight and joined fibers. These characteristics will ostensibly increase the quality of the instrument.
In Maderas Barber we have one of the largest stocks of ebony fingerboards in the world, both in finished and semi-finished fingerboards, providing our customers with a wide variety of qualities and size for all types of instruments.