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    Default Pau Ferro or Ebony

    The specs on this Elite tenor listing say it has a pau ferro fingerboard and bridge. But it sure looks like ebony to me. Whaddya think?

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    That’s quite a bit darker than the pau ferro fingerboard on my Thormahlen ukulele. The grain is not as tight either. Looks more like ebony to me.
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    It looks as though it has been dyed. To make it look more uniform and darker in color. The bridge, in particular, looks totally dyed with a flat black India Ink type of dye.

    So it's difficult to tell which wood it is. I'd guess ebony but I'm not that familiar with pau ferro.
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    Pau Ferro is typically much lighter in colour, closer to something like mahogany or acacia, but I have seen Pau Ferro fretboards dyed as black as that. I don't think Ebony has the kind of grain to it as in the photos so I'm guessing it's just Pau Ferro dyed black.

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    It does look dyed.
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    I'd believe the listing. Fender has used pau ferro and dyed it for fretboards too.

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