Richlite Fretboard

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  1. corliss1

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    Yup - good stuff - if they didn't tell you, you'd never know.
     
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    It's a phenolic resin of the same type that is used to make bowling balls.

    I hate it. It feels, looks, and sounds nothing like wood. Refretting it is a nightmare.
     
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    I have a Godin with it. It’s fine. It plays just like any other guitar I own, and I own a lot of guitars.

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    I've had chemistry labs where that stuff was the tops of the workbenches. You'll have no problems with the guitar.

    If you're worried about "toanzes" then remember you can push anything around with Pots 'n Caps for less than $20.

    The only concern for Richlight, just like Laminated/Plywood bodies and Ceramic magnet pickups: how much explaining do you need to do to the tone-wood religious sectors you might want to sell this guitar to later? The Scientologists of Plywood? The Pagan Alnico gods? If you don't fear explaining it to a future buyer, because you won't sell such a guitar ever, then you have no fears. You are given the courage of a Knight of the Crusades.

    Personally, I would spend more time worried about the fragile headstock or if the headstock has any undisclosed repairs or hidden cracks that have not yet fractured. That is the real money loser in buying Gibsons, about half the value of a used unbroken specimen. Well, and maybe any fake guitars... Good luck!

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    It looks cool!

     
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    Touche!
     
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    Cool guitar. I had a bass that kind of looked like that, had 1 giant pickup and weighed a ton, also had a black fingerboard that was pristine. I found the aluminum neck cold though.
     
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    Didn't Gibson make a BB King Lucille model with a Richlite board? I seem to remember reading that somewhere. I have never played one, but have heard they feel nice. The cork sniffing acoustic players seem to shun them tho...:rolleyes:
     
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    Tried one in a shop before I knew it was ebony. Assumed it was. A bit smoother and more consistent perhaps. Felt and looked lovely. And I have a vintage Les Paul custom so I know the real thing.

    I want fender to use richlite as a rosewood replacement option. It would be great with those classic colours
     
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    I’m all about using immobile, indestructible materials in guitars, assuming they can be made to sound good.

    If you gave me $3,000 I’d be hard pressed to choose between a Martin and a Rainsong.
     
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    Is that wood insert/bridge stock?
     
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    I've seen and played both Gibsons with pitch black Richlite and some that look washed out and grey like an old chalkboard. From what I remember it didn't feel any different to ebony.
     
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    A little shoe polish, and it's looking brand new ...
     
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    I've never owned a guitar with this type of fretboard, but now I'm intrigued enough to want one. It sounds like a great idea in pretty much every department.
     
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    My Martin has a Richlite fingerboard. It's a non issue as far as I'm concerned - it seems like an excellent material and I love the fact that its use is a little more environmentally responsible.

    I've read that it holds up to refretting with no issues whatsoever, and that the process is the same. Any luthier worth their tools can handle it.
     
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    Good Stuff. Really, came to be in WWII.
     
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    I owned a Martin GPCPA-3 Sapele for a few years. It had a Richlite board.
    It was the perfect material for that guitar.
    I liked it.
    But I knew it wasn’t traditional.
    If you can wrap your head around that and accept that this may be the new tradition, it’s probably better.
     
  20. Jakedog

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    I had a Martin 000 for a couple years that had a richlite board and bridge. Not a cheap one either. Around $1800. I liked it fine. Sounded great. Played great. Looked great. My one concern was refret possibilities, but everyone I talked to said it shouldn’t be any problem. I’d buy another guitar with richlite.
     
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