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Message started by lefty on Jan 17th, 2011 at 12:33pm

Title: Fingerboards
Post by lefty on Jan 17th, 2011 at 12:33pm
Happy New Year everyone,

I was wondering if the shop will be making any ebony fingerboards available.

Thanks,
Lefty

Title: Re: Fingerboards
Post by Hana Lima Ia on Jan 19th, 2011 at 5:44am
Hi Lefty,  Happy new year to you too.  Sorry about the ebony, but I do not have any supply. 

-Asa

Title: Re: Fingerboards
Post by lefty on Jan 20th, 2011 at 1:45pm
Thanks Asa,

Any idea when you might get some?

Lefty

Title: Re: Fingerboards
Post by Hana Lima Ia on Jan 24th, 2011 at 11:55am
Hi Lefty,

It's not just that I am out of stock, what I mean is that I don't know where to buy any ebony.   

African ebony has been getting scarce for a few years.  I've heard plenty of warnings that there is limited supply but have always been able to get some. 

This time my supplier who imports directly from Africa wouldn't take my order.  Gibson had recently cleaned them out with an emergency order because they are also having supply problems. 

So that is the word on the street.  You can still get ebony blanks out there, but be ready for higher prices as supplies get even thinner.

I will be looking into Wenge or Macassar ebony as alternatives.

-Asa

Title: Re: Fingerboards
Post by lefty on Jan 28th, 2011 at 7:33pm
O.K. Asa, now I understand.

Thanks,
Lefty

Title: Re: Fingerboards
Post by Matt Blacka on Apr 7th, 2011 at 6:11pm
Hi Asa,

I was at a woodworking expo in Sydney last year and saw a rep selling fretboard blanks of this Pacific Blackwood (Queen Ebony). It is imported from the Solomon Islands, has a density of about 1200 kg/m3, and you can get some pretty dark pieces of it.

I haven't used any of it, but it did look the goods. Could be worth experimenting with.

http://www.sitcoaustralia.com.au/queen_ebony.php

Matt

Title: Re: Fingerboards
Post by Hana Lima Ia on Apr 8th, 2011 at 9:29am
Hi Matt,

Thanks for the lead, it looks like some very nice stuff to me!  You guys have some great wood. I will have to check it out.  Hope all is well with you!

Title: Re: Fingerboards
Post by sweetgum on Sep 12th, 2011 at 8:00pm
looks like gibson is in big trouble for importing ebony illegally, maybe lmii too.... 

Title: Re: Fingerboards
Post by Hana Lima Ia on Sep 13th, 2011 at 9:37am
Oh that is interesting, thank you for the heads up sweetgum.  Some articles to check out:

http://www.southernloggintimesmagazine.com/famous-guitar-manufacturer-fretting-over-federal-raid/

http://www.newser.com/story/127424/the-gibson-guitar-raid-controversy.html

This one has video:
http://www.fox17.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wztv_vid_9021.shtml

I guess this is inevitable as supplies get thinner and the prices get higher.



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