WHAT TO CHOOSE for a fretboard on each of these three tenors. The ebony seems a natural for the high contrast Brazilian/Englemann- but then the choices get tougher. Honduran Rosewood would be safe on the East Indian/Redwood I think. But how about that maple/juniper. I would like to use all Pacific Northwest woods on that unique instrument and I have cut a piece of Pacific Yew that I have had drying in my shop for years now. I think it is tough enough to take the beating of a fretboard-but does it look right. Below my choices are pictured.
L. to R. ebony, honduran rosewood, east indian rosewood, pacific yew- Think dark dots on the pacific yew
Tomorrow morning when I take the clamps off this last uke, they will all be boxed up and ready for the binding. That becomes another decision- which binding for which uke. I will show you the choices tomorrow.