Indian Rosewood fretboard - Second quality Indian Rosewood
Minimum Dimensions - 60mm x 6.5mm x 510mm (2 3/8" x 1/4" x 20")
Quality - While other timbers such as Brazilian Rosewood have decreased in quality due to dwindling supply, Indian Rosewood is still available in fine quality quartersawn stock which is stable, easy to use, looks great and isn't likely to crack.
Look - Most pieces are dark brown, though the colours can range from mauve to nearly black. Grain lines are generally straight.
Price - Generally slightly less expensive than Ebony.
Availability/Renewability - There are no embargos or restrictions on this timber meaning it is usually not hard to get. It is also a fairly ecologically sound material as rosewood trees are grown in India shade trees for tea plantations, not in natural rainforests like most other exotic hardwoods.