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tinus
Junior
Username: tinus

Post Number: 15
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014 - 6:37 am:   Edit Post

Hi there!

Need your help here... My '93 essence has an Ebony fretboard, the spec's say. But it's not nearly as black as with my fretless Orion.

I've looked it up on the site here, I think it looks more like Pau Ferro. Or how many shades of black are there?

I've included a picture, what do you think?

Essence

(Message edited by tinus on May 19, 2014)
tubeperson
Senior Member
Username: tubeperson

Post Number: 477
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014 - 6:41 am:   Edit Post

Ebony that appears very black is often stained that way. Mistakes can happen, but I would trust the spec sheet if it was issued by Alembic. More importantly, does it give you the clarity and high end that Ebony normally would?
tinus
Junior
Username: tinus

Post Number: 16
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014 - 7:00 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the reply - And I DO believe the spec's, don't get me wrong. But I'm not the first owner... You never know, people get crazy. One of the previous owners did some strange things, drilling holes and stuff. But if Ebony can look like this (without the blackness on the Alembic site), than I'll forget all about it!

I love the tone of this bass. I would love to play fretless 6 string though, I was thinking maybe defretting is an option (or do I sound like that previous owner now? ;-) 'Let's give that running horse soms new legs'?)...

Without frets, it might sound a little like my fretless 4-string Orion.
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1519
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014 - 7:29 am:   Edit Post

If the spec sheet (supplied with the bass like this ) says Ebony, it most likely is Ebony.
Specs on the Alembic site are "standard" specs and can be changed in the custom order process.

(Message edited by fc_spoiler on May 19, 2014)
tinus
Junior
Username: tinus

Post Number: 17
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014 - 7:34 am:   Edit Post

I know, but I was referring to this picture!
This is the same 'blackness' as on my Orion.
http://www3.alembic.com/img/ws_fg_ebonyL.jpg

jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4027
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014 - 8:00 am:   Edit Post

That streaky appearance reminds me of Madagascar Ebony.
Jazzyvee
xlrogue6
Advanced Member
Username: xlrogue6

Post Number: 299
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014 - 9:51 am:   Edit Post

Mother Nature is a notoriously inconsistent manufacturer.
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5751
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:03 am:   Edit Post

Ebony isn't always black - in fact only about one out of ten trees is all black. In Cameroon, where much of guitar ebony comes from, the forests are full of felled trees that were just left there because they weren't all black. Taylor guitars recently bought a mill in Cameroon and is leading the effort to harvest the previously felled non-all black trees and educate the guitar and instrument world to accept non-all black ebony. You can read about it on the Taylor site.

Bill, tgo
bigredbass
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2151
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:11 am:   Edit Post

Someone better versed in wood than me could supply the details as to the species, but I had several Yamaha BB basses that were indeed ebony fingerboards that had brown streaks running the length of the fingerboard, slightly wavy. They looked somewhat similar to the picture you posted.

I liked the way it looked instead of the perfectly black fingerboards. And yes it's often died to look that way, StewMac sells a fingerboard stain for just such an application.

You could post a serial number request, and next time Mica works through a batch of them, Alembic's Build Record would supply the answer.

J o e y
bigredbass
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2152
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:13 am:   Edit Post

I hate it when my Spell Checker is on siesta:

'It's often D Y E D to look that way'.

J o e y
tinus
Junior
Username: tinus

Post Number: 18
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014 - 11:29 am:   Edit Post

Thanks all! I love this club.

Mica's search did say Ebony - so Ebony it is!
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1235
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 9:32 pm:   Edit Post

When was the last time it was oiled? Maybe it's just drying out.
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 8180
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 10:24 am:   Edit Post

Not just my search - I looked at a picture and identified it as Macassar Ebony, which is almost always striped. It's also usually what we use on wide fingerboards, though there are a few Gabon Ebony 6-string fingerboards out there.
tinus
Junior
Username: tinus

Post Number: 19
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 11:12 am:   Edit Post

Rustyg61: Just done with that! After the picture was taken... And a new set of strings, even did some brass polishing! She's up and ready to go!

Mica: Thanks again!
tinus
Junior
Username: tinus

Post Number: 20
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 11:32 am:   Edit Post

:-)

bsee
Senior Member
Username: bsee

Post Number: 2709
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Monday, June 02, 2014 - 11:22 am:   Edit Post

...and oil it if you haven't done so lately. That board needs a half dozen drops of pure lemon oil every so often.

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