Worlds first ROCKLITE® Sundari acoustic guitar. Guitar fretboards, Ebony Vs ROCKLITE® EBANO Rory Dowling of Taran guitars making guitar fretboards with ROCKLITE® EBANO What Stefan Sobell says about ROCKLITE® Ebano What Rory Dowling of Taran guitars says about ROCKLITE® Ebano
It looks the same as ebony, it feels the same as ebony, it machines the same as ebony,
it sounds the same as ebony, it even has grain direction, which for a man made board is just great!
But, its 100% sustainable.
When gluing this stuff, basically there’s no issues at all, if anything it glues a bit better than ebony, it’s fantastic!
Every glue that I have done tests with has been great with it from Epoxy all the way through to Cascamite.
So really good for guitar making, it’s ……..phenomenal stuff! Absolutely brilliant.
Following the advice of Jacky Walraet, from the CMB in Belgium, I've used Rocklite for the bridge of a Stauffer copy. I appreciated working with this material.
Sadly, I used pearwood for the fingerboard and painstakingly dyed it black, as on the original. So you won't be able to advertise the guitar as 100% rocklite. I must admit I regret that I didn't use rocklight for the FB. The fact that it's black all the way through makes everything so much easier. The next one for sure will have RL fingerboard and bridge. To be continued in 2017.
What Dan MacPherson says about ROCKLITE® Ebano What Lindsey Wilson guitars say about ROCKLITE® Ebano What Rob Williams says about ROCKLITE® Ebano
It looks like Ebony, only better, almost too good and, even feels like Ebony.
It works really well too. Cuts well, planes well, sands well, glues up well and takes a finish really well.No issues putting inlays and frets into it either.
All in all, great stuff.
What Roger Bucknall of FYLDE guitars says about ROCKLITE® Ebano What Dave Coutts says about ROCKLITE® Ebano
I did run quite a few tests with a range of different glues, and to be honest, I found that it glued at least as well as ebony.
being a wood engineered product it was always going to be more stable than ebony.
It takes the polish really well, and with no more grain filling than ebony.
What AshcroftSpindles says about ROCKLITE® Ebano
It's been an enjoyable journey, but challenging to get the right material for the job.
My competitors and I are constantly striving for that perfectly turned spindle which, most importantly, stays true long after it's turned.
But that isn't the only thing we look for. Beautiful, straight grain and depth of colour are up there with top requirements, so it was a good day for me when I discovered ROCKLITE® EBANO
It's so far proving to be faultless in my applications. It turns easily and behaves beautifully. It has grain and the colour stays true and consistent throughout. Also it's very easy to get a really good finish!
In addition, of course, there are the issues of sustainability and availability of the exotics we've been using. To say nothing of the falling quality and escalating price! So, all in all, this wonderful stuff solves a huge problem for me.”
Enid Ashcroft spindles.
What Martin White says about ROCKLITE® Ebano
I found it works very nicely, it's a joy to plane , no problem to inlay and my normal glue works perfectly .
I cut my fret slots by hand with the help of a little jig , no sign of any tear out , frets press in nice and clean . When finished I could not tell the difference between "Top draw" ebony And Rocklite.
Excellent product I will be using it!
What Chris Eccleshall says about ROCKLITE® Ebano
And all this without having to cut down any precious rain forests!