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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: cocobolo fingerboard?

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howarda2 - Posted - 08/21/2007:  16:48:44

Can anyone shed some light as to why it's really only rosewood or ebony used for fingerboards? I know that certainly durability, denseness, etc. are characteristics of a good fingerboard.

I recently came across a board ft of cocobolo for pens and other various turnings. Once I got it planed I happened to set it next to my walnut banjo neck (same workbench) which is in need of a fingerboard, I got thinking that it'd look good fretted and inlayed. I can't find a supplier for bulk ebony in my area and am curious as to other options.

Has anyone tried this?

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