#1
Hey i was thinking of making a custom fret board that is half ebony and half maple diagonally. Do you guys have any pictures of this? How difficult would it be to make compared to a regular fretboard?
Thankyou everyone
#2
I can't think of any examples, with the exact specs you mentioned, but I'm pretty sure I've seen some expensive custom basses with a 3 piece neck, where the fingerboard matches the neck wood, so it is possible.
#3
Conklin mas made plenty of basses with crazy three-woods-swirled-into-each-other fretboards.
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Hey i was thinking of making a custom fret board that is half ebony and half maple diagonally. Do you guys have any pictures of this? How difficult would it be to make compared to a regular fretboard?
Thankyou everyone


http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/product/8060-smt-giants-of-metal-jamie-humphries.html
this is and instructional book i own, the fretboard seems to be what you're talking about only the other side is rosewood, not maple. No idea on build difficulty though.
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I suspect it's more popular with boutique basses than guitars, some companies do it a lot but I really can't remember who right now...
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#12
The problem with combining maple and ebony is the maple needs a hard finish, whereas the ebony should be left raw.
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its possible, and it's been done.

personally i think the best looking inlays on earth are bird's eye maple with undyed ebony inlays or the other way around.
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The problem with combining maple and ebony is the maple needs a hard finish, whereas the ebony should be left raw.


you don't have to leave ebony raw. it is wood, therefore it can be finished.
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Yep, it's been done on USA production guitars. I bet it's a bitch trying to set up those inlays in that split fretboard...


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I don't think it would be hard at all. just glue a piece of maple to a piece of ebony in the same way you would do a 2 or 3 piece body. then cut diagonally with whatever saw you want it would be easy if it has a fence.
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