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Flame maple or purpleheart fingerboard?

Postby Sammeto » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:37 am

Hi pals!

I'm a spanish fan of Kiesel that is about to join the family soon :D

I am pretty sure about the specs that I want on my first build, that will be:

Aries A6X 6 string with Hipshot/Kiesel tremolo system
LMB - Maple Neck/Black Limba Body
CG - Clear Gloss Finish (Standard)
FDN - Deep Nightburst Flame
5ML - 5-Piece Maple Neck w/ 2 Black Limba Stripes
THNN - Thinner Neck Profile
6IN - Pointed Straight 6 Inline Headstock (Standard)
FPH - Flamed Maple Headstock Matches Body Finish
FMF - Flamed Maple Fingerboard (Tung-Oiled)
IKSD - 12th Fret K Logo w/ Staggered Offset Dots
IA - Abalone Inlay Material
R20 - 20in Fretboard Radius (N/A w/ Floyd Rose)
BC - Black Hardware

But then my eyes catch this photo


that is very close to what I want but with purpleheart fretboard. And I must say that is rad!

My concern is that I am confident about the care of a maple fretboard (got some guitars already with it) but I have no idea about the purpleheart. I made a little research and all I get is that the purpleheart finally turns brown, and that is what fear most, to lose that purple look.

So I beg for any advice from anyone who already dealt with purpleheart as fretboard, in terms of caring and how to preserve the color, to make sure I make the right choice.

Thank you all fellas!

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Re: Flame maple or purpleheart fingerboard?

Postby ToneWood » Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:19 am

Yes it will turn from purple to brown-ish with time. When and how dark is unpredictable, maybe 5-10 yrs, and depends on a lot of variables. But it will turn. A UV-protective coating or finish can slow down or almost eliminate the change. I don't know if Kiesel uses anything or not.

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Re: Flame maple or purpleheart fingerboard?

Postby UnexplodedCow » Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:01 pm

I would consider it not just for the color, but for its strength. Purpleheart is considerably harder, and more mechanically stable than Maple. It's not as hard as, say, Indian Rosewood, or Ebony, but it's a better choice than Maple. I'd consider it for that reason, though its compressive/bending strength is beyond Rosewood or Ebony, and far beyond Maple, making it an excellent neck wood.
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Re: Flame maple or purpleheart fingerboard?

Postby spudmunkey » Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:08 pm

Helpful information:
http://www.wood-database.com/wood-artic ... tic-woods/

Now, we can play games, and do certain things to slow this progression, but just realize: you are only slowing the inevitable. The wood is in the process of oxidizing and shifting in color, and it will do so sooner, or it will do so later, but it will still happen.


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