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Ben

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12-09-2017 12:14 AM

Looking for a small piece of ebony. I need to net about 1/2” square by 24” long.
Having a real hard time finding anything domestically for sale online.

Happy to buy a 4/4 roughsawn board.

I am in Western MA.

Thanks!
Ben


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#1 posted 12-09-2017 12:20 AM

Assuming you mean Gabon Ebony, Hearne hardwood still had a few left in the bin last weekend. They are happy to ship.

http://www.hearnehardwoods.com

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#2 posted 12-09-2017 12:22 AM

Thanks.
Yes. Their website says $300 minimum on all phone/web orders. But I’ll call them tomorrow.

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#3 posted 12-09-2017 01:10 AM

I’ve just cut up fingerboard blanks to do it.

Last guitar I built I didn’t use an ebony strip.
Guitar turned out fine. I think the strip
looks cool but is probably not needed to
get a good sound and stable neck.

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#4 posted 12-09-2017 01:26 AM

Where are you located? My local store has ebony in the form just suitable for guitar necks. I think they cut it to gbis shape on purpose.

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#5 posted 12-09-2017 01:35 AM

Thanks.
Loren, have you built classical guitars?

I wasn’t going to run the strip all the way through, but the book I’m following strongly recommends the reinforcement. Maybe I can get away with hard maple…

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#6 posted 12-09-2017 01:41 AM

Yes. Flamencos actually. Hard maple would
be totally adequate imo.

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#7 posted 12-09-2017 01:51 AM

Very cool man! Do you play, as well?
I’ve been self taught in classical Spanish repertoire for about four years now. Love it, and can’t wait to build one.

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#8 posted 12-09-2017 02:06 AM

Not really anymore, no. Maybe I’ll start
again. I still pick it up a few times a week
for a couple of minutes but my skills are in
atrophy. One has to be obsessed to get
really good and I just am not not that into
it anymore.

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bondogaposis

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#9 posted 12-09-2017 01:11 PM

Go on ebay search for ebony turning squares.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#10 posted 12-09-2017 05:08 PM

Are you sure you look closely online ? There are literally millions of them, How could you miss ?

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#11 posted 12-09-2017 06:13 PM

Thanks Carlos. I do see some ebony on eBay.
That picture looks like veneer. Or neck blanks.
Most of it is way more than I need.
There is a reinforcement strip in Portugal I might buy.
Thanks.

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#12 posted 12-09-2017 06:34 PM

My hardwood supply place has ebony and a lot of it. It’s not cheap. I looked at it just yesterday and a
1” x 4” x 40” solid black was 90$. I am in SE WI.

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#13 posted 12-09-2017 10:52 PM

I use two way truss rods for steel string guitars. My double bass and mandolin necks get carbon fiber rods from LMI epoxied in place. I plane in relief before the fingerboard goes on for the mandos and after for the dbs.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#14 posted 12-09-2017 10:54 PM

Thanks Texcaster.
Cool.

I ordered a piece from Portugal. Feel a little silly, but it’s all I need and under $10.

I’ll keep you all updated on the build.

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