i got this in the 90s from an eco lumber sustainable lumberyard that now doesnt exist in bay area. I completely forgot its name back then and now with all the rosewood hooha i thought i should know what this is all the lumber at this place was supposed to be sustainable and i made two fingerboards out ofthis mystery wood
I wonder if it's padauk since it's rather red. Did it satin your hands? The grain looks similar, and padauk has a very sweet perfume-like scent. Nice inlay work.
To my eye, it bears a striking resemblance to Macacauba. It also resembles some particularly plain Pao Ferro fretboards I've seen recently (particularly when rather dry).
Good luck with the search! Finding "alternative" tonewoods is always a worthwhile endeavor, in my opinion. There's too much fun stuff out there!
True on the alternative wood thought. I've run across walnut hard enough for necks and fingerboards. Plus, it's walnut! Nice work. Cute cat(?) on the headstock inlay.
thx i looked at a photo on wood database and it looks a lot like that so that may be it