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Ebony is a popular wood choice for guitar fingerboards due to its dense and durable properties. It is primarily used in high-end acoustic, electric, bass and classic guitars while also being used on violin, chellos and double basses. It’s known for providing excellent tonal characteristics and playability. Here are some key features and benefits of ebony guitar fingerboards:

Hardness and durability

Ebony is one of the hardest and densest woods available, making it highly resistant to wear and tear. This durability ensures that the fingerboard remains smooth and playable even after extended use.

Smooth and fast playing surface

Ebony’s smooth texture and tight grain pattern create an ideal playing surface for guitarists. The dense nature of ebony also contributes to its responsiveness, allowing players to achieve fast and precise playing.

Excellent tonal properties

Ebony fingerboards are prized for enhancing the overall tone of the guitar. They add clarity and brightness to the sound while maintaining a balanced tonal range.

Aesthetic appeal
  1. Ebony’s deep black color and elegant grain patterns contribute to the guitar’s overall aesthetics, giving it a sophisticated and classy look.

Stability: Ebony is a stable wood, which means it is less susceptible to climate and humidity changes, reducing the risk of warping or distortion of the fingerboard over time.

Low maintenance

Ebony fingerboards generally require less maintenance compared to other materials. The smooth surface doesn’t accumulate dirt or grime easily, and occasional oiling can help keep it in excellent condition.


It’s important to note that while ebony is a popular and sought-after choice, other woods like Rosewood, Pau Ferro, Ovangkol and Wengue are also commonly used for guitar fingerboards, each with its unique tonal characteristics and visual appeal. The choice of fingerboard wood often comes down to personal preference and the specific tonal qualities desired by the player.

At Tonewoods S.L. we purchase FSC 100% lumber directly from the origin in Republic of Congo and process it in Valencia.

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