Products September 2023: GaiaTone bass fingerboard

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A new, ebony-alternative double bass fingerboard

The lutherie workshop of Vermont Violins has released the very first commercial double bass fingerboard made with a black ebony alternative. The GaiaTone fingerboard is made of compressed post-consumer recycled paper and bio resin. ‘We continue to work with Sonowood for other instruments’ fingerboards, but it’s very expensive for basses given the amount of material needed. GaiaTone is far more affordable,’ says the company’s part-owner, Kathy Reilly. The bio-resin makes the material completely ‘green’ and sustainable, unlike other compressed materials which use phenol formaldehyde resin. The workshop sources large sheets of the material and cuts the fingerboards with a CNC machine…

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