• Thrash

    Ebony and temprature changes.

    Hello fellow esp players. I have a problem.
    I am the proud owner of 2 LTDs and 1 ESP.
    My two Ltd's works like a charm. Especialy my DV8r one, what an amazing guitar this is. And my good ol '98 m200 (ORF and EMGs replaced the original crap) works awsome aswell.

    Both of them have Rosewood fretboards.
    My ESP SV std on the other hand have as you know Ebony.

    I live in sweden, where the temprature changes alot, all the time. And my damn SV just cant stay in tune. As soon as summer turns to fall all hell breaks lose and my guitar decides to bend like a banana and the bridge just points straight down. My Ltd m200 (with Original Floyd) never does this.
    Im not a pro on handling guitars but I do know some when it comes to floyd rose bridges. But I dont wanna mess around with the trussrod, cos I dont know how that works and it's a pain in the ass if you are not experienced with it with all the tuning and then and... you know what I mean, you have to retune as soon as you touch it and then you realize you pulled abit to much, retune all strings again, frustration++, (ye im a noob dont hit me :) )

    Anyway, enough rant. I asked the guy at the guitarstore why my Ltds never does this and he said it was the Ebony in my SV and its alot more sensitive to temprature then Rosewood. Is this true or false? I need to know this cos if it's true I guess I will sell my SV cos I cant be arsed anymore with this :( and then I will stay away from Ebony forever, even though it looks so nice.

    Can anyone enlighten me?

    • Thrash

      thanks everyone for your replies

      The NECK won't change shape due to the fingerboard being more prone to temperature. Your neck is maple, let's not forget that.
      For all we know your truss rod is not doing anything. Has it even been professonally setup, and I don't mean the factory setup.

      ye the neck is maple on all my guitars and it's only the SV that f**ks up. And it has been professonally setup 3-4 times since I bought it summer 2005.

    • Armitage

      You guys... :rolleyes:

      Ebony IS alot more sensitive to temperture and humidity changes then Rosewood.

      That's why you'll find all kinds of guitars with ebony fretboards with the frets sticking out the sides, that's because it continued to dry out long after the frets were installed. Can anyone say "Gibson Faded" series? They were all rushed out before the fretboards had dried to the usual 44%.

      Ebony is a hard wood, with a beautiful classy black, but it needs more attention then rosewood. Depending where you live, every rosewood or ebony fretboard should get a touch of light mineral oil, (or lemon oil or some such, once or twice a year).

      This slows the effects of humidity changes.

      Ebony cracks too...

      • ko112

        Having a Kh-2 vintage custom shop for almost a year, it has been the guitar I have constantly gone back to. I recently got a gibby explorer, and I was kinda disappointed with the quality.

        Anyway, I needed a more versatile sounding guitar since I started jamming with a band... Just picked up a standard series ESP MII (bolty with SD's), and I'm totally blown away! Its actually very close in quality to my Custom Shop KH!

        The neck is totally awesome, and the Seymour duncans seem more versatile than EMG's.


    • TheDevilHimself

      ^^ yes...

      But I would find it strange to find that the neck's stability comes from the FRETBOARD. I think it should come from the wood of the neck, the maple piece. Maybe the neck is fairly thin on this guitar so it reacts rather sensitive?

      My Ibanez always reacted much more quickly to climate changes than my SG. Pain in the ass, too...

    • KFW

      As stated in the Chris Broderick Ibanez thread, he was quoted as saying he chose dyed Rosewood over Ebony for his custom Ibanez's because ebony is too temperamental.