Different Colored fingerboards?
Greetings! I was wondering if anyone knew how some of the baroque style fingerboards are made. I mean the ones that look like stained and polished maple wood and not ebony. What sort of stain or varnish would be used to get that great look?
Thank you, -Zac
I always loved the look of flamed boxwood and maple fingerboards, too—especially with nice purfling. They really look awesome; I'm not sure why basically everybody just goes with the simple ebony look nowadays (aside from durability).
Some early boards were plum or pear wood. Most early boards are long gone so it is hard to know, but you can see them in old paintings. Boxwood is also possible and harder than the others. Possibly jujube.
Sapient pearwood for the fingerboard will, so I am advised, improve your performance beyond all recognition.
Trevor - what about a violin case from that same sapient pearwood to help protect it from theives... or so I'm told :)
Catherine, my source also suggests that a sapient pearwood case would keep the strings, violin and bow always in perfect condition, and you'd never lose it either!
Indeed! You may, or may not, be allowed to actually remove it from the case, or so has been reported, but it would be very well protected.