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I have a friend who is moving to Europe (when they let us back in) and is selling some boards of nice umpingo. I don't see why it wouldn't make nice fingerboards. I would use it for pegs and tailpieces but I already have enough to last. The pieces are 4.5"X30"X by 1.12" give or take. He wants about $100 per board depending on size.

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Is the grain very straight?  Wavy grain (or worse)  is my main peeve about most ebony fingerboards.

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Hard to commit to a purchase based on this low-res image.  Got anything higher resolution to show the grain detail?

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These don't look too bad, although not all quarter cut.
Due to the nature of the wood, I think you always have to expect some areas of runout and interlocked grain.

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Not necessarily, just not a big tree. Outside may not be quartered but close. Maybe I'll ask him for an end shot. He makes gambas and was going for mutltiple sectioned backs. He thought of me for peg and tailpiece material. It would be great for that but I'm stocked up. pretty straight for blackwood IYAM

 

 

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