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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-17-2002, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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Rosewood vs. Ebony - Is it just preference?

This has probably been asked numerous times and I did a search but nothing came up. Anyways is one nicer quality wood or is it just a matter of preference?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-17-2002, 09:37 PM
 
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Rosewood vs. Ebony

It's preference, totally....if it's good stuff, rosewood and ebony are both top for fretboards, and both feel great, but I happen to prefer ebony.....smoother, brighter sounding, and harder....I feel like I can play faster and more precise on ebony....but I can't screw up as much, because it is magnified on ebony
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-17-2002, 09:58 PM
 
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I think ebony is smoother too,but both are maybe the best options with maple.Anyway,youŽll get used to any of them in 30 min.
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My perception is ebony is more of a premium wood - maybe just perception. *I prefer maple but ebony is a close second.
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-17-2002, 11:04 PM
 
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Ebony is about twice as "hard" as rosewood. *
Both are great woods and give off great tone. *It's really up to what the player likes under his/her/it's fingers.
BTW- My Dremel *hates* ebony. *:biggrin:
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Kevan, Posted on 11:04 pm on Feb. 17, 2002
BTW- My Dremel *hates* ebony. :biggrin:
Mine too ! :thumbsup:

I also like ebony because it's harder (faster feel) and IMHO it sounds brighter.

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Rosewood vs. Ebony

I prefer ebony as well. Jem90 and JCRG-1 necks are my favs, ebony and few markings, love that blank, BLACK board. You can also ocacisionally find figured ebony that's way purty.

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Rosewood vs. Ebony

ebony ANY day, baby

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-18-2002, 09:37 PM
 
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Rosewood vs. Ebony

The wood makes a difference. *Play around with different fingerboards to find the one you like. *Personally, I LOVE the Pao Ferro Rosewood. *It's strong, yet has incredible coloring to it. *I dig softer fretboards. *Don't get me wrong, I love ebony fingerboards too, but Pao Ferro is my fav...

Check the link for my vine Pao Ferro fingerboard. *

http://www.jemfest.com/candid/Thursd...s/P0000755.htm

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Rosewood vs. Ebony

I don't know, but I prefer the feel of rosewood, evry guitar I've played with ebony has just felt "eech" in some way (but maybe that has more to do with them being jacksons/gibsons, and my slight dislike for their necks (although I played a very nice jackson last weekend Ithat I actually liked, which was a bit of a surprise)), but it's personal preference and I don't think I have really played any ibanez's with ebony. But I know I really like rosewood...
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-19-2002, 06:06 AM
 
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I love the feel of ebony but I prefer the smell of rosewood.
I'm not talking about the cheap stuff you get on far eastern guitars but the real brazillian rosewood on high end PRSs and the like. The stuff smells amazing but you do get some funny looks in shops when you start sniffing the most expensive guitars on the walls!!
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-19-2002, 07:13 AM
 
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Rosewood vs. Ebony

I like ebony. *Just smoother, IMO.

It's funny, though. *In high school I liked maple (I think because of Van Halen). *In college & up until a year ago I liked rosewood. *I guess tastes can change...
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Rosewood vs. Ebony

All the comments on Ebony depend on the quality of it. The quality of ebony used varies wildly and good quality Ebony (which I think I'm correct in saying sinks in water) feels different under the fingers to poor quality ebony and also produces a less tight sound. Good or bad ebony though are smoother in appearance and to play than rosewood due to the very closed grain as opposed to the relatively open grain of Rosewood. This also affects the natural sustain of the woods.
Personally I like the look of the very dark blank Ebony (gunks up less too!). I wish someone would make a fretboard out of Brazilian Snakewood or Pernambuco though - some very very nice colourations and very similar in feel to Rosewood...
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Spagbol on 4:59 pm on Feb. 19, 2002
Personally I like the look of the very dark blank Ebony (gunks up less too!). I wish someone would make a fretboard out of Brazilian Snakewood or Pernambuco though - some very very nice colourations and very similar in feel to Rosewood...
What does snakewood look like (colourations etc)? It's such a cool name!!

(Edited by wallopwallop at 5:15 pm on Feb. 19, 2002)
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