What are the differences between rosewood and ebony fingerboards?

Ebony is much harder and denser than rosewood. It is also black in color, sometimes bearing light “flames” in the grain. Ebony is a bit more expensive and should last beyond the lifetime of the guitar. Some players prefer rosewood, claiming that being softer, it cushions the fingertips to some degree. Rosewood fingerboards are much lighter and more often used on flamenco models.

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