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Username: mwgrient

Post Number: 10
Registered: 7-2006
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 12:23 pm:   Edit Post

I want to have a pau ferro fingerboard...
Would this be a good idea if I search for:
1. massive B
2. jaco sound
3. bright and deep tone
Like to hear from you.
Intermediate Member
Username: mele_aloha

Post Number: 109
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 9:21 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Marco,

I can only give you my opinion based on my experience.

I have an Excel with a Pau Ferro fingerboard and I love it! Granted my bass is only a single pick-up so I can only tell you that it gets great low b's "massive" you might say from my fat boy pick-up. It's got the best fat low sound I have ever heard. It is so thick and low!!!!

In as far as I can tell ya about bright, it's crisp and clean and yes deep tone as I eluded to earlier.

Actually I was just reading up on it and would even consider putting it on my ordered Series II but I already have Ebony ordered and so I am going to stick with that.

But honestly, I bet there isn't that much diffence between it and Ebony, if anything it might even be better depending on the application. Ebony probably is more dense though. Although Pau Ferro is known as Ironwood!

I say- Go for it!!!!

Aloha, Paul

(Message edited by mele_aloha on May 01, 2007)
Senior Member
Username: kmh364

Post Number: 2125
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 4:53 am:   Edit Post

FWIW, Ebony, being harder and more dense than rosewood or pau ferro, is brighter sounding. The latter woods are "warmer" sounding (i.e., less bright". Which do you prefer? It's all good.

Here's a good reference for tone wood sounds (besides what's already been said here by Mica and Co):
Advanced Member
Username: bigbadbill

Post Number: 316
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 1:29 pm:   Edit Post

I found by experience yesterday (playing a good many basses in the Gallery in Camden) that I actually prefer lacquered maple boards. Smooth, warm, open, sweet highs...fabulous. Because I do a lot of playing with a pick I've often struggled with ebony which can get a bit clacky; Alembic's filters help here obviously.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5023
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 12:05 pm:   Edit Post

Marco; if you haven't found it already, here is Alembic's description page for fingerboard woods.

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