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(I don't know what the right forum for this is, but since it involves building....) With the environmental impact of exotic hardwood harvesting, such as ebony and rosewood, and the likelihood of these materials becoming harder to find in the future, has anybody here used synthetic and composite materials for fretboards? I know Gibson, Martin and a few other big manufacturers have been doing research on heading in this direction. My curiosities: 1) Does it affect the sound? 2) Are the materials easy to work with, for us garage builders? 3) If ebony and rosewood are going to be hard to find, are we going to be able to find synthetic / composite boards of high enough quality any easier? 4) Are there any non-proprietary options out there?