Pau Ferro for Tele fingerboard?

jackson929

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Thoughts on  Pau Ferro for a Tele fingerboard?    Was going Rosewood and looking for classic Tele tone but I am not a purist.  Swamp ash body maple neck with Don Mare Bakelite Pickups. 

TIA
 

ragamuffin

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It works and it's a beautiful wood. The grain is a little tighter/denser than Indian RW, some people say the tone is a little brighter but I think that's largely in the ear of the beholder and secondary to things like pickups and electroncis. Fender even used pau ferro on some fretboards for a while until the purists rioted.
 

jackson929

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Thanks for the help. Pretty torn, I like the look of Pau Ferro and the fact it would be something different.  Tough choice. 
 

Fat Pete

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Pau ferro is lovely stuff, just keep in mind that the colour can vary a lot. If you're doing a custom order and not having a 'unique choice' board, it could be anywhere from a light milk chocolate to 90% cocoa.
 
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