I like ebony the best, but only when it's jet black. Natural jet black ebony is pretty much gone. I don't mind it at all when manufacturers dye their ebony boards jet black, but alot of them don't even bother to do that. So now there are tons of guitars out there with streaky imperfect ebony boards. Because of this, I'm a huge proponent of black richlite. 100% jet black and environmentally friendly. Most people can't even tell it's richlite.