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Looking through piles of old ebony fingerboards and other ebony pieces I realized that finding a perfect match is indeed pretty difficult. To make no mistake I first cleaned the frog and polished it with fine micro mesh. Then i polished a small portion of seemingly good matching pieces. There are many different hues of black. Blueish black, brownish black, grayish bkack etc. The type I was looking for had a blueish hue. However, when I found an almost matching piece I saw that the pore structure wouldn't match. With further search I got a piece with finer pores but color was a sort of suboptimal, somehow not dark enough. Finally I decided to select rather by pore structure than color At the same time I wondered if the blueish hue didn't come from wear . Before glueing the piece I tried to find the best orientation to have a similar pore structure . Wondering if someone here has a better recipe to match ebony replacement wood in a frog restoration?
I was thinking about stocking up on fingerboards with the assumption that availability and quality of FBs are decreasing. First, is this a false assumption? If I buy some FBs (with Fb in hand) what should I look for so that I'm not buying a pigs ear made up to look like a silk purse? Thanks, Jim
So this morning I planed a blank for the nut entirely without problems with beautiful perfectly smooth faces. I then decided to plane a blank also for the saddle (with the same plane but a different piece of ebony) and just could not do it at all. Whichever direction I planed there seemed to be a bit which was against the grain. Eventually I resorted to sanding the surfaces smooth. What is the reason for this and is there a solution?