Fretboards - what do you suppose I have here?

greens

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I bought these two fretboards a few years ago on ebay. Supposedly they originated with the estate of an elderly luthier and were marked "Brazilian." That's all the info I have. They are planed, slotted and dotted at Fender scale. The lighter colored one is very dry and light to the touch. The darker one feels heavier. What do they look like to you? Thoughts appreciated.

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IDK, but Braz seems darker than what you have ... BUT I'm no expert.
 

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First one has the swirl of paduak.

But the color is more yellow than the typical paduak, which is pumpkin orange when cut.

Second one is likely Pau Ferro, otherwise known as Bolivian rosewood.
 

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First one has the swirl of paduak.

But the color is more yellow than the typical paduak, which is pumpkin orange when cut.

Second one is likely Pau Ferro, otherwise known as Bolivian rosewood.
Any Padauk I've had out unfinished goes darker, rather than lighter, also. Heads off toward brown rather than yellow.

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Any Padauk I've had out unfinished goes darker, rather than lighter, also. Heads off toward brown rather than yellow.

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I've got a paduak finger board on my first ever build, right here next to me.

It's 12-13 years old.

Decidedly chocolate. Used to be orange.
 

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I want to say "bubinga", but the yellow color is keeping me from saying that.

I'd blurt out "mesquite" but I know better.

The second one, due to the lack of grain pits, I'd totally bet on Bolivian.
 

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Thanks for all of the responses, much appreciated - my takeaway so far is that it is pretty likely neither is Dalbergia Nigra but there is not much of a consensus otherwise.
 

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Second one looks a bit like Madagascan to me, none are bubinga or Brazilian imo

I do have some other Madagascan that looks a bit like the first one but goes to a chocolate colour later
 

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Doesn't look like brw. What does it smell like when you sand it? It's not the most scientific way to tell, but it works pretty well if you know what brw smells like.
 

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It looks to me like amazon rosewood for the first which is very close to Brazilian and the second to me looks like Brazilian Rosewood!
 

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I'm not sure what those are, but here is a picture of Madagascar rosewood for reference. To me it does not bear a striking resemblance to the boards in question. Of course the picture shows QS and the OP has FS boards.

 

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i can't believe we had two hits on ipe for the first one. i wanted to say that, as i have a piece i resawed into blanks and it looks eerily familiar, but refrained to say so because i figured the odds were pretty low that a luthier would use it with all the other traditional woods available. personally, i think it would make a fantastic board, as they are hard and have quite a ring to them
 

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i can't believe we had two hits on ipe for the first one. i wanted to say that, as i have a piece i resawed into blanks and it looks eerily familiar, but refrained to say so because i figured the odds were pretty low that a luthier would use it with all the other traditional woods available. personally, i think it would make a fantastic board, as they are hard and have quite a ring to them
I have a few boards of Ipe that actually have a nice figure to them.

The third from the left in this pic is Ipe with a coat of Danish oil. The sixth from the left is also Ipe but without the Danish oil.

 


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