Re: Ebony versus rosewood fingerboard?

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Posted by Bob Gollihur on January 30, 2001 at 08:47:50:

In Reply to: Ebony versus rosewood fingerboard? posted by Nico on January 30, 2001 at 00:17:12:

: Hi,

: This is my first post on this fine board here. I'm wondering if you'd educate me as two two things:

: a) is ebony preferable to rosewood for a fingerboard? what are the sonic characterstics of either?

Ebony is a harder wood and may, as a result, last longer. The popular opinion is that ebony is brighter, rosewood warmer, but there are degrees of each and I'm not convinced that the differences are always significant.

: b) how can you tell if a double bass (or sections thereof) are carved/solid versus laminate?

Typically you can see the layers of wood at the edge of an f-hole, sometimes also at the side of the instrument. Seeing a cross-section is usually the best way to determine it. If you can't, that makes it tougher - some folks knock the wood and can hear the difference; with some laminates there is a difference, but with poor solid wood, there may also be a difference.

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