Posted by Rudy Zulkarnaen on November 05, 2001 at 18:53:18:
I just bought my first upright bass last week. Itís a Czech strunal, and the price was about $1.300 (in our Indonesian currency its Rp 13.000.000). The bass sound quite good for an unseasoned bass (and for my beginners ear), and its has much better craftsmanship than the Chineses cremona and the Koreans universe bass laying around the strore.
After playing the strunal for a week I found that my fingers had black stains on the fingertip each time I finished, and last night I found some white spots on the side of the fingerboard. I think the real fingerboard color was white and the manufacturer paints it black. Everybody here told me that basses with white fingerboard were inferior instruments, and you should have a bass with black fingerboard.
So I wanna ask the board, is this the case with basses under $1500? Were the strunal sold in the US contain black fingerboard? What is the real advantage of having a bass with black fingerboard instead of the white one? And, what type of wood is the black fingerboard?
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