Deluxe Nashville Telecaster - Pau Ferro Fretboard

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  1. Butch Snyder

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    I am thinking about betting a Deluxe Nashville Tele in Daphne Blue. It has a Pau Ferro fretboard. I have owned the white blonde version with a maple fretboard.

    Never owned a guitar with a Pau Ferro fretboard. Can someone tell me about how they are as far as feel? Are they like rosewood at all?

    Thanks!
     
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    Exactly like rosewood. If you didn't know, you'd never know.
     
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    The Pau Ferro may be lighter in tone, but playability there is no difference that I've noticed.
     
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    Lighter in tone?
     
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    I think he meant "tone" like the color
     
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    Yes, I can see that. Thanks for the clarification.
     
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    Lighter in tone? I'd never heard this before
     
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    Tone as in colour. Sorry if you thought sound.
     
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    The one (1) pau ferro fretboard I owned was a little smoother than rosewood in a macro sense, if you looked closely at it — meaning fewer gaps/pores/holes in the surface. But there was no difference in feel. And for anyone who's bothered by the lighter color, a little bit of mineral oil will make it look nice and wet.
     
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    I find dissimilar woods, and the lack of finish, cause rosewood/PF/Ebony/etc necks to respond more dramatically to humidity and temperature fluctuations. Tuning instability and more frequent truss rod adjustments are required compared to the all-maple versions.

    If you can be fooled that it looks like rosewood ... if you try traveling it or shipping it anywhere the customs folks are also likely to think it looks like rosewood and you'll be open to hassles while touring/traveling.

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