FINGERBOARD WOODS- The fingerboard is generally made from rosewood, ebony or maple. The warmest sounding fingerboards are maple, followed by rosewood, and ebony is the brightest. If you want more sustain, go with rosewood. Ebony and maple are better suited to faster playing styles where a quick decay is preferred. This is just a guide, though. Plenty of musicians play fast on rosewood fingerboards and some musicians get fat sustain on ebony.