Although it is the smallest part of the bass, the fingerboard contributes significantly to the sound. The sound of fretless basses in particular is colored by the choice of the right fingerboard wood.

 

Generally the denser the wood, the faster the notes seem to be and the better the note articulation is. The more oil and resin content the wood has, the warmer the sound and the more compressed the high end will be.

 

Wenge
 

Wenge has a tough and robust appearance because of the rough surface caused by the big open pores. Some people don't like the feel of wenge but we cut our wood so it is as smooth as possible (quarter sawn).

The sound is open and twangy with a good low end articulation

Pau Ferro
 

It is a hard and dense wood with a very tight grain and almost no pores which gives it a smooth feel. It can be polished to a nice shine giving it a very nice appearance

The sound is very balanced, good articulation throughout the sound spectrum.

Goncalo Alves
 
Goncalo alves is a hard and dense wood with a tight grain. It is a bit oily and feels very smooth to the touch. It can be polished to a nice shine giving it a very nice appearance. Goncalo Alves is a very nice looking wood with the golden brown colors and dark striping. This is one of the woods that gets more beautiful with time.

The sound is warm but clear

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Greenheart
 

Greenheart has a green color when freshly cut but it becomes dark greenish brown over time. It has small to medium sized grain and pores. Greenheart has a similar density and hardness as ebony and is therefore a good environmentally friendly replacement for ebony. It also has a bigger oil and resin content which makes the sound warmer and more woody compared to ebony.

The sound is warm and woody but very articulate.

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Zollernia
 
This is a very unknown wood and has a rare green, brown and black color combination. It is very hard and dense and sinks in water (harder than ebony). The wood has also a large oil and resin content. The combination of the hardness and the large oil content produces fast notes and a very articulate but warm, mellow, woody sound. This is the perfect combination!
The zollernia we have comes from a shipment that has been seized by the police because of incorrect papers at the customs. Our supplier managed to get it from the police after the shipment was verified not to be an endangered species. Sal
Bloodwood
 

Bloodwood is a very hard and dense wood with a reddish brown to a beautiful but rare bright red color. We have found some of the best colored bloodwood, as you can see in the picture (this is the actual color!). It's also one of the woods that holds its color very well in time!

Bloodwood produces articulate notes and is on the bright side of the sound spectrum. It is somewhere between maple and ebony, not the harsh metallic trebles of ebony and a better low end than maple.

Indian Rosewood
 

One of the more popular fingerboard woods that replaced the Brazilian rosewood when it became scarce but it is browner in color. It has medium sized grain and pores. It is one of our softer fingerboard woods and it has a high oil and resin content.

The sound is warm and has a compressed high end, sometimes a bit muddy.

Ebony
 

Very hard and dense wood. The color is almost black but has sometimes dark brown or grey stripes. We do not artificially color the wood to get it more black (like 95% of the instrument manufacturers) but prefer to keep the natural color and grain pattern. It is a dense wood with a tight grain and can be polished to a nice shine giving it a very nice appearance.

The sound is very balanced with a light emphasis on the high end and very good note articulation throughout the sound spectrum.

Makassar Ebony
 

The Makassar ebony is a true ebony and is similar to the black ebony in every aspect but has a nice dark brown with black color. It is a dense wood with a tight grain and can be polished to a nice shine giving it a very nice appearance.

The sound is very balanced with a light emphasis on the high end and very good note articulation throughout the sound spectrum.

African padouk
 

African padouk is a very nice feeling fingerboard wood. It is one of the softer woods we use and it has a high oil and resin content similar to rosewoods. It has medium sized grain and pores. Looks great oil finished.

Birdseye figure in African padouk is very rare, we have only a limited amount of padouk with birdseye figure and if that is gone we will not likely find a new stash.

The sound is warm and growly with a compressed high end.

birdseye maple
 

Nice light colored wood with a striking birdseye figure.

Because the light color and because it is one of the softer woods we use for fingerboards, it should be hard finished.

The sound is clear and snappy