Richlite - More colors, more options and some additional information

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  1. John Nicholas

    John Nicholas Friend of Leo's

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    So far I've built two guitars using Richlite for fingerboards and they are my favorite guitars to play. Richlite is easy to machine and is super stable. Even better as long as you carefully radius the fingerboard and cut the fret slots deep enough, there is little to no need for fret leveling!

    A couple of days ago I discovered that Richlite offers other colors (since the last batch I used was black)and would send samples! So a quick email later a set of samples was on the way to my house.

    Got the samples and the colors look pretty interesting. I have a couple of favorites but would love to get some additional feedback...

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    Just to clarify, Richlite is made using resin-infused paper and is eco-friendly.

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    Now for the fun part.. trying to see if the colors offered would look good or even come close to matching the real wood options.

    First for the Maple color. Most of these photos were taken in natural light. Richlite r100 Maple Valley

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    From left to right... with multiple rosewood fingerboards

    Chocolate Glacier - Browns Point - Redstone

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    Found one more in the box... this color is r50

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    Below are two of the fretboards I've made. These are out of the Black Diamond Richlite.

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    I think these look great and have a grain similar to wood.

    Now to my question. Which ones do you think would look enough like maple and/or rosewood?
     
  2. Muinarc

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    That's cool that there are other colors. I'd be tempted to make a futuristic guitar design with the blue richlite as the fretboard :twisted:
     
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    I do like the black Richlite (I have about 10 fretboards in the shop now and just glued the first to a neck this afternoon), but for my money, the other colors don't have enough variation to simulate the grain of rosewoods or maple.
     
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    Check out “rock lite” if your looking for more realistic looking wood substitute. LMI carries it. It’s lighter and has “grain”
     
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    I found some additional options on the Richlite website... some are more "realistic" at least a bit better.

    https://richlite.com/collections/fretboards/
     
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    Have you tried radiusing the samples to display the "grain" (alternating layers of paper and resin cut at an angle?) From the pictures, the black seems to come alive a bit when you do. Maybe the other colours will improve as well.

    That said, I'd probably go for richlite over rocklite, I think I'd prefer to use something that isn't trying to pretend to be wood.
     
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    I could see doing a Blue Canyon fretboard with Sonic Blue body, mint 3-layer pickguard.
     
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    I noticed the other day that Godin is using Richlite fingerboards on many of their electric models.
     
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    That's a really good idea, although the samples are on the small side... I will give it a go when I get a chance to do so...
     
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    Just found that Richlitefretboard on Instagram re-posted my Neo with a Richlite fretboard! I looked through their posts and found the following...

    NATURAL
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    REDSTONE
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    MAPLE VALLEY
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    Reminds me of the cutting boards you see these days. I like the ebony one a lot.

    I think the other colors would work better with a total guitar design that eschews everything traditional.
     
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    Only works with the black. The rest look terrible IMO.

    I might be getting my first Richlite-board-equipped guitar very shortly, actually. I'm all for it, as long as it looks good and plays fine.
     
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    Yes... I believe it's on the fretboard of my Ultra 6.
     
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    I've made multiple guitars with richlite boards and I like it a lot. I've only ever done black: my feeling is it's better if it's not being presented as an imitation of wood. I think the red could be really cool looking
     
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    Yep. That’s one of the primary uses for the stuff at the moment. I bought a large 1/4” thick cutting board from a place called The Cutting Board Company and then cut it into individual fretboard blanks. It’s much more economical that way.
     
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    This is the same company I purchased my first fretboards from. You're right, it's far more economical!!
     
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    Richlite is made from paper ... Paper is made from wood ... Fascinating ...
     
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    Yes it is... recycled paper actually.

    Here is a video of how it's made.

     
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    Really interesting thread. Thanks. FWIW, yeah the black that we're all used to is probably the easiest to get used to but I don't think the maples look bad either. The trick is to not compare it to actual maple boards, that just guarantees being disappointed. Just my experience but I have not heard any real serious complaints re: playing Richlite boards. Someone had to tell me that the Martin I was auditioning was Richlite before I realized it wasn't ebony.
     
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