Fingerboards

Archtop guitar fingerboards estimated dimensions (500x75x9 mm)

 

The fingerboard is usually made of Ebony but some modern instruments have other woods. In Maderas Barber we have a big variety of woods to offer you : Cocobolo, Indian Rosewood, Ziricote, Santos Rosewood, Ebony and many more….

Actually, the most used woods are Ebony and Indian Rosewood, especially the Ebony. The range of choices is widening in the market and in Maderas Barber whether if you look for traditional wood or something different is likely that you will find it here.

Fingerboards 

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  • Bocote

    Bocote is an exotic wood, both in appearance and sound. Produces a loud and warm sound. It must be used with care and with a reduced thickness in fingerboards for archtop guitars.

    With the time because of its beauty and sound it has become very appreciated. Due to its density, it is a very stable wood, perfect to be used for its strength the fingerboards.

    Find out the Bocote fingerboards we have in Maderas Barber for you.

     

     

     

    BOTANIC NAME: Cordia eleagnoides

    COMMON NAMES : Bocote, Bucote, Cordia, Barcino, Cueramo

    ORIGIN: Mexico

    DESCRIPTION: Density 950-1200 Kg/m3. Has a yellowish-brown body with dramatic dark brown to almost black stripes. Colour tends to darken with age. The grain patterning can be quite striking, particularly on flatsawn areas. It’s not uncommon to see many “eyes” and other figuring in Bocote. It is heavy and resistant.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Bocote is easily worked and machined with good results. Bocote also turns and finishes well. knots do not seem to present any special challenges in machining.

    DRYING: Drying process is slow and must be done carefully.

    USES: Guitar backs and sides, headplates, fingerboards and bridges.

  • Cocobolo (CITES)

    Hardness, strength, feeling and beauty are important in a fingerboard, that’s why the cocobolo wood is a desirable option for the it. Cocobolo wood tolerates well heavy wear. As it is oily it is recommended to use it in minimum thicknesses for the fingerboards. Tonally it is a brighter sounding wood that other Rosewood species with less-lower end.

    In Maderas Barber we have gorgeous Cocobolo fingerboards for Archtop guitar in different qualities.

     

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia retusa.

    COMMON NAMES: Cocobolo, Granadilla, Cocobola.

    ORIGIN: Nicaragua.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 990-1250 Kg/m3. Cocobolo can have different colours, ranging from yellow, orange, red, and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple. Sapwood is typically a very pale yellow. Colours are lighter when freshly sanded/cut, and darken with age. Grain is straight to interlocked, with a fine even texture. Good natural luster.

    Notoriously allergenic.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Due to the high oil content found in this wood, it can occasionally cause problems with gluing. Also, the wood’s colour can bleed into surrounding wood when applying a finish, so care must be taken on the initial seal coats not to smear the wood’s colour/oils into surrounding areas. Tear out can occur during planning if interlocked grain is present; the wood also has a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges/tools due to its high density. Cocobolo has excellent turning properties.

    DRYING: Slow drying wood. Risk of deformation or cracks.

    USES: Guitar backs and sides, fingerboards, bridges, headplates. Wind instruments.

  • African Ebony

    African Ebony will add a glittering and vibrant touch to your instrument. Ebony can be the best ally against frictions and stains. One of the most important characteristic is its strength and aesthetic. Ebony is one of the most used wood by the luthiers, it is the ideal material for its surface resistances, the fixing of the fret, stability and appearance. Sound is bright.

    In Maderas Barber we have a big range of different Ebony qualities of fingerboards for Archtop guitars.

     

    BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros crassiflora hiern.

    COMMON NAMES: African Ebony, Black Ebony.

    ORIGIN: Central and Western Africa.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 1030-1050 Kg/m3. Sapwood is light colour and hardwood is jet-black.

    Occasionally dark brown or greyish-brown streaks may be present. Grain is usually straight but can also be interlocked. Fine even texture with very high natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy sawing but can be difficult to work due to its extremely high density. Has a dulling effect on cutters. Tear out may occur on pieces that have interlocked or irregular grain. Due to the high oil content found in this wood, it can occasionally cause problems with gluing. Finishes well, and polishes to a high luster. Responds well to steam bending.

    DRYING: Drying process speed can vary from normal to low speed. Tendency to split.

    USES: Fingerboards. Wind instruments.

  • Madagascar Ebony

    Madagascar Ebony is very similar to the African Ebony. This Ebony will add a glittering and vibrant touch to your instrument and will be the best ally against frictions and stains. One of the most important characteristic is its strength and aesthetic that’s why Madagascar Ebony is one of the most commonly used wood by the luthiers. It is a highly prized wood.

    In Maderas Barber we have Madagascar Ebony fingerboards for Archtop guitars.

     

    BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros perrieri

    COMMON NAMES: Madagascar Ebony.

    ORIGIN: Madagascar

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 1050-1280 Kg/m3. Sapwood is light colour white or yellow and hardwood is jet-black. Sometimes has white streaks. Grain is extremely fine, almost invisible.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Has a dulling effect on cutters and tools must be sharpen frequently. It can crack easily under changes in temperature or because of humidity. Machining and gluing can be complicated due to its high density. Finishes well.

    Resistant to fungi and insects.

    DRYING: Drying process speed can vary from normal to low speed. Tendency to split or distort.

    USES: Musical instruments fingerboards . Wind instruments.

  • Makassar Ebony

    With the Makassar Ebony fingerboard you will give that exotic touch to your Guitars. It has become popular for its hardness and exuberant aesthetic.

    In Maderas Barber we take a chance on this special tone wood. Discover these fingerboards for Archtop guitars.

     

    BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros Celebica

    COMMON NAMES: Macassar Ebony , Striped Ebony

    ORIGIN: Asia.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 1000-1300 Kg/m3 .Heartwood has a striped appearance, somewhat similar to Zebrawood. Yellow to reddish brown body with darker brown or black stripes. Sharply demarcated sapwood is pale gold colour. Grain is usually straight, but can sometimes be interlocked; fine uniform texture and good natural luster. 

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Tends to be rather difficult to work, due to its high density, blunting effect on cutters, and its occasionally interlocked grain. Humidity must be controlled during storage. Machining must be sharp.

    DRYING: Drying process is slow. Wooden parts can crack or become deformed after drying.

  • Green Ebony

    As well as the other Ebonies, Green Ebony is a very hard and dense wood, ideal for Archtop guitar fingerboards. It is essential that the fingerboard resist the pressure of the strings. Green Ebony is perfect for it.

    In Maderas Barber we propose you the high quality Green Ebony fingerboards for Archtop guitars. Find out its sound properties.

     

    BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros Durionoides

    COMMON NAMES: Green Ebony

    ORIGIN: Central America.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 1000-1300 Kg/m3 . Sapwood is white and heartwood is black/brown with stripes in different tones but mainly green olive colour.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Store it at right temperature to prevent cracks. Can cause skin problems.

    DRYING: An uncommon characteristic of the green ebony , if it cracks before drying process it is possible that after drying the crack seals disappearing without a trace.

    USES: Guitar backs and sides and also fingerboards, bridges and headplates.

  • Blackwood

     

     

    Blackwood fingerboards are used as a substitute of the Indian Rosewood and the Ebony fingerboards on the Archtop guitars. It is appropriate for its sound, hardness and durability. lt is the best ally against frictions and stains. One of the most important characteristic is its strength and aesthetic that’s why Blackwood is one of the best options for your instrument.

    In Maderas Barber we have high quality Blackwood fingerboards for Archtop guitars. Find out the Blackwood appreciated for its sound.

     

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia melanoxylon.

    COMMON NAMES: Blackwood, African Blackwood.

    ORIGIN: Tanzania, Mozambique.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 1250-1300 Kg/m3 . Often completely black, with little or no discernible grain. Occasionally slightly lighter, with a dark brown or purplish colour.  The pale yellow sapwood is usually very thin, and is clearly demarcated from the darker heartwood. It has a  fine, even texture, with small pores that should not require filling; the grain is typically straight.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Very difficult to work with hand or machine tools, with an extreme blunting effect on cutters. Blackwood is most often used in turned objects, where it is considered to be among the very finest of all turning woods. Gluing and finishing are acceptable. Should be waxed to prevent cracks.

    DRYING: Drying process is slow. Minimal risk of deformation but tends to crack.

    USES: Guitar fingerboards. Wind instruments

  • Mexican Granadillo

    Mexican Granadillo is one of the best options to substitute the different Rosewoods for Archtop guitar fingerboards. It is very much appreciated for its hardness and quality tone. Demand for this wood is increasing for the guitar building.

    Find out the beauty and amazing tone of the Archtop guitar fingerboards.

    BOTANIC NAME: Platymiscium Yucatanum

    COMMON NAMES: Mexican cocobolo, Zangalicua, Mexican granadillo.

    ORIGIN: Central America

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 800-1000 Kg/m3 .

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Store it at right temperature. It is recommended to work with sharp blades.

    DRYING: Slow drying speed.

    USES: Guitar backs and sides, fingerboards. Castanets and marimba.

  • American Walnut

    It is not as common as the Rosewoods timbers but it has started to gain new followers. It has a even sound, good bass response and clear trebles. Once the wood is dry it is a very stable and resistant wood.

    Discover the beauty of this wood, an easy wood to work with, enjoy of its warm and bright tone.

    BOTANIC NAME: Juglans nigra

    COMMON NAMES: Black walnut, American Walnut.

    ORIGIN: United States and Canada.

    DESCRIPTION:   Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Colour can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. Sapwood is pale yellow-grey to nearly white. Grain is usually straight, but can be irregular. Has a medium texture and moderate natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work provided the grain is straight and regular. Glues, stain and finishes well. It is recommended to wear a face mask. Can cause eye and skin irritation.

    DRYING: Drying process must be slow.

    USES: Guitar backs and sides. Fingerboards.

  • Amazon Rosewood

    Amazon Rosewood bears a close resemblance to the Brazilian Rosewood. It is appropriate for the guitar fingerboards for its sound, hardness and durability. One of the most important characteristic is its strength and aesthetic that’s why Amazon Rosewood is one of the best options for your instrument.

    In Maderas Barber we have high quality Amazon Rosewood fingerboards for Archtop guitars. Find out its tonal characteristic.

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia spruceana.

    COMMON NAMES: Amazon Rosewood.

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 1100 kg/m3. Amazon Rosewood tends to be an orange or reddish brown, with darker contrasting streaks. Lighter yellowish sapwood is clearly demarcated from heartwood. It has uniform, medium texture with open pores.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Amazon Rosewood can be fairly difficult to work on account of its density. It also needs to be glued with care ,as do most other true rosewoods.). It turns and finishes well, and can be polished to a high natural luster.

    DRYING: Due to its density, it dries slowly. Risk of cracks.

    USES: Guitar backs, sides and fingerboards. Xylophones.

  • Indian Rosewood

    Indian Rosewood together with the Ebony have been the most widely used Woods for the Archtop guitar fingerboards. This wood yields a warm and bass tone and has become the tone wood of choice for most manufacturers. It is recommended to reduce its thickness. On the other hand, fingerboards made with this wood should be cleaned regularly and oil should be applied to prevent cracks.

    In Maderas Barber we have different qualities of Indian Rosewood fingerboards for Archtop guitars. Find out the sweet-sounding of this wood.

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia latifolia.

    COMMON NAMES: Indian Rosewood, East Indian Rosewood.

    ORIGIN: India.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 870-900 kg/m3. Heartwood can vary from a golden brown to a deep purplish brown, with darker brown streaks. The wood darkens with age, usually becoming a deep brown. Has a medium texture and fairly small pores. The grain is usually narrowly interlocked.

    RECOMMENDATIONS:  It can be difficult to work with tools because of its interlocked grain and density. The wood can sometimes contain chalky deposits that will rapidly dull cutting edges. Glues and finishes well, though colour from the wood’s natural resins can inadvertently bleed onto surrounding surfaces when applying a finish, so care must be taken on the initial seal coats. Can cause skin irritation

     

     

    DRYING: Dries slowly. There is no risk of deformation but it can crack. The wood colour improves with the drying.

    USES: Guitar tops , backs, fingerboards, bridges, headplates and Zanfoña pieces.

  • Madagascar Rosewood (CITES)

    Madagascar Rosewood bears a close resemblance to the Brazilian Rosewood. It’s being touted as a highgrade wood for its sound and beauty of colour. One of the most important characteristic is its hardness, touch and aesthetic that’s why Madagascar Rosewood is one of the best options for your instrument.

    In Maderas Barber we have different qualities of Madagascar Rosewood fingerboards for Archtop guitars. Find out its sound properties.

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia baronii.

    COMMON NAMES: Madagascar Rosewood, Palisander.

    ORIGIN: Madagascar.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 920 kg/m3. Heartwood generally ranges from a light yellow-brown to a darker orange or reddish brown. Darker black streaks are common, and can produce a grain figure known as “spider-webbing” .Pale yellow sapwood is clearly demarcated from heartwood. Grain is usually straight, with a uniform medium-fine texture.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Generally easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though depending on the species, it can blunt cutting edges rapidly. Care should be taken in gluing and finishing, due to natural oils in the wood that can disrupt the drying process. Turns and polishes well.

    DRYING: Dries slowly . Natural oils can interrupt the process.

    USES: Guitar tops , backs, fingerboards, bridges, headplates.

  • Kingwood

    Kingwood is very much appreciated for its aesthetic and sound properties. One of the most important characteristic is its hardness, touch and aesthetic. Kingwood fingerboards will give to your guitar an exotic touch.

    In Maderas Barber we have Kingwood fingerboards for high quality Archtop guitars. Find out this wonderful and exotic wood.

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia cearensis.

    COMMON NAMES: Kingwood.

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 1020 kg/m3. Heartwood is a dark purplish or reddish brown with darker black streaks. Sapwood is a pale yellow. Grain is usually straight; occasionally interlocked. Fine, uniform texture and a high natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Tends to be difficult to work due to its high density. Kingwood has a moderate blunting effect on cutters, and tear out can occur during planning if interlocked grain is present. Can be difficult to glue due to natural oils and high density. Turns very well and takes a high polish.

    DRYING: Dries slowly. Natural oils can interrupt the process.

    USES: Guitar tops, backs, fingerboards and bridges.

  • Santos Rosewood

    Santos Rosewood or Pau Ferro is very much appreciated by the luthiers and has been used as a substitute of the different Rosewoods and Bubinga. One of the most important characteristic is its hardness and aesthetic that’s why Santos Rosewood is one of the best options for your instrument. Excellent quality-ratio price.

    Enjoy the beauty of the Santos Rosewood fingerboards for Archtop guitars that we have in Maderas Barber. Always premium quality.

    BOTANIC NAME: Machaerium scleroxylon.

    COMMON NAMES: Pau Ferro, Morado, Bolivian Rosewood, Santos Rosewood.

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 940 kg/m3. Colour can be highly varied, ranging from reddish/orange to a dark violet/brown, usually with contrasting darker black streaks. Narrow sapwood is a pale yellow and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Grain is typically straight, though sometimes slightly irregular or interlocked. Fine, even texture and a naturally high luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Pau Ferro is considered overall to be of fair workability, as it can blunt the cutting edges of tools, and any irregular grain has a tendency to tear out during machining operations. Also, many of the same challenges in gluing rosewoods are common to Pau Ferro as well. Pau Ferro turns and finishes well. Can cause eye and skin irritation.

    DRYING: Dries slowly. No risk of deformation but it can crack.

    USES: Guitar tops, backs, fingerboards , headplates and bridges. Wind instruments.

  • Sycamore

    Sycamore is high recommended for fingerboards. It is not an endangered species and is easily available. Acoustic sound, dense and stiff wood.

    Get your Sycamore fingerboards for Archtop guitar at Maderas Barber and find out its particular tone.

    BOTANIC NAME: Acer pseudoplatanus.

    COMMON NAMES: Sycamore, Maple.

    ORIGIN: Central Europe, Eastern Asia.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 640 kg/m3. Sapwood colour ranges from almost white, to a light golden or reddish brown, while the heartwood is a darker reddish brown. Grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. Has a fine, even texture.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though it has a tendency to burn when being machined with high-speed cutters such as in a router. Turns, glues, and finishes well, though blotches can occur when staining, and a pre-conditioner, gel stain, or toner may be necessary to get an even colour.

    DRYING: Allow air dry but can cause spots and colour alterations. It is important to dry it quickly to keep the white colour.

    USES: Guitar , backs and sides, bindings and fingerboards.

  • Sonokeling

    Same botanic name as the Indian Rosewood but from different country both Woods are very much similar, except for colour variations and less hardness due to a different growth. One of the most important characteristic is its hardness and aesthetic that’s why Sonokeling one of the best options for your instrument.

    In Maderas Barber we have Sonokeling fingerboards for quality Archtop guitars.

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia latifolia

    COMMON NAMES: Sonokeling. East Indian Rosewood.

    ORIGIN: Indonesia.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 820 kg/m3. Heartwood can vary from a golden brown to a deep purplish brown, with darker brown streaks. The wood darkens with age, usually becoming a deep brown. Has a medium texture and fairly small pores. The grain is usually narrowly interlocked.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: It can be difficult to work with tools because of its interlocked grain and density. The wood can sometimes contain chalky deposits that will rapidly dull cutting edges. Glues and finishes well, though colour from the wood’s natural resins can inadvertently bleed onto surrounding surfaces when applying a finish, so care must be taken on the initial seal coats.

    DRYING: Low drying speed. Risk of deformations and cracks.

    USES: Fingerboards, bridges, headplates and bindings.

  • Wengue

    Despite of needing to be treated to be used for fingerboards, if it is done correctly , results are fantastic. Wengue is hard and strong, good properties for the Archtop guitar fingerboards. Wengue fingerboards have similar sound to the Ebony and the Rosewoods.

    In Maderas Barber we offer you Wengue fingerboards for Archtop guitars. A dense, hard, and strong wood that will add a brilliant touch to your guitar.

    BOTANIC NAME: Milettia laurentii.

    COMMON NAMES: Wengue, Panga-Panga

    ORIGIN: Central Africa

    DESCRIPTION: Density 830 kg/m3. Heartwood is medium brown, sometimes with a reddish or yellowish hue, with nearly black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish the wood can become nearly black. Grain is straight, with a very coarse texture. Low natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS Can be difficult to work with hand and machine tools. Blunts tool edges. Sands unevenly due to differences in density between light and dark areas. Very large pores can be difficult to fill if a perfectly smooth/level finish is desired.

    DRYING: Slow drying speed. Low risk of deformations.

    USES: Guitar fingerboards, bridges, headplates, backs and sides. Bodies for electric and bass guitars.

  • Ziricote

    Amazing wood, very much appreciated for its looking and beauty. This timber is highly coveted not only for its looking but also for its tone. It has a similar tone to the Indian Rosewood and the Makassar Ebony, more clear than Rosewood and more harmonious than the Makassar.

    Ziricote is a dense and hard wood perfect for the fingerboard.

    Discover the quality of the Ziricote fingerboards for Archtop guitar that we offer you in Maderas Barber

     

    BOTANIC NAME: Cordia Dodecandra.

    COMMON NAMES: Ziricote

    ORIGIN: Central America.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 805 kg/m3. Ziricote has colour ranges from medium to dark brown, sometimes with either a green or purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed. Ziricote has a very unique appearance, which is sometimes referred to as “spider-webbing” grain figure. The pale yellowish sapwood is sometimes incorporated into designs for aesthetic effect, or to cut down on wastage. Grain is straight to slightly interlocked. Medium to fine texture, with good natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS Ziricote is fairly easy to work considering its high density. The wood tends to develop end and surface checks during drying, which can be problematic: though the wood is stable once dry. Ziricote turns and finishes well, and in most instances, it can also be glued with no problems.

    DRYING: Dries slowly. Risk of deformations or cracks.

    USES: Guitar backs and sides, fingerboards.

  • Exotic Ebony

    This wood is gaining fans day by day thanks to its great acoustic proprieties and the beautiful figures that we can find in its grain, what makes the difference with other tonewoods.

    This wood shares qualities with African Ebony, but the bigger difference is the appearance. Exotic Ebony shows a big contrast between black and white, creating stunning figures.

    About the sound, this wood provides brilliant and dynamic tones to our guitar. And its physical proprieties make this wood your best ally against friction and stains.

    Discover this fantastic Exotic Ebony fingerboards for Archtop in different qualities, one our best products in Maderas Barber.

    BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros crassiflora hiern.

    COMMON NAMES: Exotic African Ebony, Exotic Black Ebony.

    ORIGIN:  Central and Western Africa.

    DESCRIPTION  Density 1030-1050 Kg/m3. Sapwood is light colour and hardwood is jet-black. We can find on this specie a wide variety of colours.  Grain is usually straight but can also be interlocked. Fine even texture with very high natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy sawing but can be difficult to work. Has a dulling effect on cutters. Tear out may occur on pieces that have interlocked or irregular grain. It can crack easily under changes in temperature or because of humidity. Machining and gluing can be complicated due to its high density. Finishes well. Can cause skin problems.

    DRYING: Drying process speed can vary from normal to low speed. Tendency to split.

    USES:  Musical instruments fingerboards. Wind instruments.