Thanks for the info, i knew the tuners were old but no idea about how old .
Yeah the categry is just based in the color,it has a nice grain(and it is quarter sawn ) so I will dye the fretboard and leave it as it is (as it is straight after more than 100 years) .The other option was to paint it as it was done back in the day,if the dyed fretboard doesn't convince me I can always paint it blackMichael.N. wrote: ↑Fri May 11, 2018 8:20 amBe careful what people say. '3 rd class ebony' probably refers to the colour, it could be a perfectly good stable quartered piece of wood. On the other hand I've had '1 st class' very black ebony in which there was all manner of runout and nasty twisty grain. I know which I'd rather use for a fretboard and I'm certain which of the two is the more stable.