All this talk about rosewood got me wondering

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  1. dlew919

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    Occasionally fingerboards get replaced due to wear. Do maple fingerboards ever get replaced? Or is just the ‘softer’ woods like rosewood?

    Just wondering. Thanks in advance.
     
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    I like a one piece maple neck so replacing the fretboard is not ideal.

    It would take some pretty gnarly finger nails and heavy wear to need to replace a fretboard.
    They are usually repairable by sanding them and re radius.
     
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    But do maple boards ever get replaced?

    In fact do guitar fingerboards ever get replaced?


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    If you look at the early teles. You see quite a few that have been used professionally for many years that are noticeably worn, and haven’t been replaced.
     
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    I think Leo intended for folks to install a new neck...... easy as.... ;)

    my thoughts on Rosewood is.

    what about the POS, unsellable guitars pumped out of factories that had rosewood boards... where does that end up?... recycled or burnt?....

    there's probably more of it wasted making guitars than being used on them.....:rolleyes:
     
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    I've replaced fingerboards on guitars I've built. It's a pretty big job. You do see old rosewood boards that have divots in them. You can repair them by taking like colored sawdust and super glue and filling the low spots, then sanding the spots level.

    People of course pay a lot for a reliced fingerboard...
     
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    I agree with Trev 333. I have had probably nearly 100 guitars with both types of fingerboards. Mostly Rosewood. Yes, some of the frets were literally worn out, answer; replace the frets and save the wood.
    You can see the wear on a Maple neck easily, you need to look at Rosewood more carefully. However, like the slab boards they can be shaved and re-fretted.
    As Trev has pointed out there must be millions of Rosewood boards that could be re-fretted and re-cycled. I think that's the way the world is heading in many products.
    Welcome to the 21st. century.
     
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    But, but, recycled rosewood won't have the tonz! All the mojo will have been lost from it being attached to a knockoff Strat copy for years!
     
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    From what I have read Leo was appalled when he saw the wear on maple fingerboards and promptly switched to Rosewood.
     
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    I think there’s a great idea in recycling rosewood fretboards.

    Apparently regarding Leo, players complained.

    Now, of course with reliving they want the wear back!


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    I guess Leo had cosmetic reasons for making some rw board models then ..... as opposed to using it for tone reasons..;)

    I'm sure he was secretly glad someone played one of his guitars so much it wore through in places.... ;)
     
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    Look at Keefs Micawber and Malcolm


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