African Blackwood (dalbergia melanoxylon) is a rosewood from southern Africa, an ideal luthiers wood these pieces are ethically sourced from the Dalmann sawmill in Mozambique.
American Black Walnut Is an attractive timber, similar (when oiled) to Sonokeling rosewood, on the soft side for a fretboard but should make an attractive job, these are quarter sawn.
Bocote is a mexican timber with a startling figure, it works very well and polishes up great, Panga Panga is a dark timber from Africa, tougher to work but looks good when finished, Purpleheart is a striking timber from Africa , bright purple it is very dense but works and polishes acceptably, Vietnamese Rosewood (Dalbergia Oliveri) is the last of a legal stock of now banned timber, It is a rich red colour and is very dense, it works acceptably and polishes up well. Ebony, The Ebony is sold as premium grade and has a slight marbling effect. Padauk is a bright red timber, medium density and easily worked. The Rhodesian Teak is described on the wood database as:- Rhodesian Teak’s difficult workability is a two-edged sword: the very same cutting resistance also translates to excellent wear-resistance in service, making it well suited for use as flooring or guitar fretboards. Luthiers sometimes refer to this wood as Mukushi or Zambian Teak.
Walnut is mid brown and easy to work, will react well to a mineral oil finish, used on Fender Dreadnought guitars
Maple is best known on the Stratocaster fingerboard
Zebrano (Zebrawood) attractive but can be stringy and might be tough to work but other people have managed.
Rhodesian Teak ( Baikiaea plurijuga ) is an extremely tough wood which is hard wearing and close grained, it should however cut cleanly and polish up well. Here's what the wood database has to say about it. "Rhodesian Teak’s difficult workability is a two-edged sword: the very same cutting resistance also translates to excellent wear-resistance in service, making it well suited for use as flooring or guitar fretboards. Luthiers sometimes refer to this wood as Mukushi or Zambian Teak."
Panga Panga is sometimes called Partrigewood, it's very hard and attractive but workability wise it's not for the fainthearted. However it is used commercially and Ibanez use it a lot. Mostly quarter to rift as in the right side of the photo but if you want plainsawn as the left side of the photo I can usually cut one so just ask.
"Just wanted to let you know that the wood has arrived and that the quality is fantastic so thank you. The grain on the Panga Panga boards is stunning!" David M