Ever known a manuf to lie about the fittings material?
Have you seen an inexpensive instrument that was advertised as having ebony pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece & chinrest and you know for a fact they weren't?
well, a luthier once lied about the type of wood used in the bow he was trying to sell to me..
As I say on my website, Honesty is the Best Policy!!
Often you will see “ebony” when in fact the wood is only ebonised.
Or you commonly see genuine ebony that has some lighter grain sections stained black
If it sounds too good to be true it's probably too good to be true.
a manufacturer lie - no! lol
The fingerboard is not supposed to be varnished, only oiled.
Manufacturers no, but retailers yes.
@Lyndon varnished, spray painted, dark oiled, whatever, it rubbed off. After all cheap is cheap, for now its all good, I really didn't expect better. However after I spend 4k on a violin, that will be a different story... and attitude dealing with it.