Report Alternative to ebony for fingerboards? in The Pegbox Posted December 8, 2019 Persimmon is in the ebony family but it is nowhere near as dense. I've made pegs out of both persimmon and osage orange. Compared to other peg woods they were relatively soft. When I find a suitable piece of mountain mahogany in my peg or tailpiece stash, I save it for someones fingerboard. It isn't black but neiither were most original boards. It is, however hard enough. I had one pieces clear and long enough for a cello board. John Osnes in Alaska made his Partner a cello using it. Wood suitable for finger boards will certainly be more and more difficult to find in our shrinking forests and therefore more expensive.