So we can expect a rosewood fretboards any soon ?

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  1. moosie

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    Nothing better than a dark chocolate EIR fingerboard on say, a Oly White Strat. Or Vintage White Tele...

    I built a kinda pastel/magenta pink Tele this year (definitely not Shell Pink), and the neck has a lovely slab board that I got from StewMac. Nothing special, just EIR, like $15, but gorgeous.

    Tonally, I don't hear a difference in fingerboard materials. At least I don't think so. I like rosewood and maple on Teles, and rosewood on everything else (of course).


    Totally agree with Kevin. Guitar use of EIR is not an environmental assault. It's just a reasonable use of a sustainable commodity, the name of which has been in the news lately. Very much like the Genuine Mahogany I bought for a furniture build, which was grown on a planatation in Fiji. Great wood.
     
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    "Natural fires in the Amazon are rare, and the majority of these fires were set by farmers preparing Amazon-adjacent farmland for next year's crops and pasture," soberly explains The New York Times. "Much of the land that is burning was not old-growth rain forest, but land that had already been cleared of trees and set for agricultural use."

    I'm not going to demand anything from guitar builders, but I appreciate them exploring alternative woods. The guitar market is a small fish in the grand scheme of wood consumers. Taylor's issues in previous years was how inefficient their harvesting methods were. To get one good tree to use for fretboards you had to cut down several to see what the insides look like, and they'd just leave them on the ground. Wasteful if true.

    I don't care what kind of fretboard my guitar has, but I do expect it to perform well. Rosewood performs well, but I'm sure many other woods would do the same.
     
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    My son builds classical and flamenco guitars in Spain and has started using bamboo for some of his back and sides. He's even offering people a discount if they specifically order it, as an "environmental incentive". It looks pretty nice too.

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    looks very nice and kudos to your son for his initiative
     
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    Now there's an intriguing wood (if it is technically wood. And if it doesn't, who cares). Seeing it used in lots of stuff these days, its hard and literally grows as fast as weeds.
     
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    As long as the fingerboard is fairly dark, I'm happy "looks-wise." I have a Hendrix Monterey strat with a Pau Ferro as dark as most EIR fingerboards. I played one of the new Squier Jazzmasters last summer with Laurel and that was pretty dark....kind of grayish, but still looked fine.

    Now in the image below is a Classic Series lacquer Jazzmaster neck that I got for cheap last summer, and when I got, I could see why.....the Pau Ferro board is dry and light (looks worse in person....the maple is bright orange too!), so when a MIJ Jazzmaster neck w/ EIR showed up for a decent price I snagged that for my future partscaster.

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    I'd find it hard to resist playing ... Chopsticks :lol:
     
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    It will be only custom shop i guess. Worth same as gold but its a wood. Although i like the looks of Pau Ferro
     
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    Are we talking US or Canadian gerbal turds?
     
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    I kinda like the look of pau ferro.
     
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    I'm good with whatever is on a guitar that feels right and sounds good to my ears now.It wasn't always that way though until one day years ago I found "the" guitar,for me anyway,and it didn't have rosewood and I didn't care.
     
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    I actually don't mind rosewood, especially when it's dark. I soaked the fret board on my '98 American Std. Strat with ebony wood stain. Now my FB looks like ebonized rosewood.:)

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    More than likely the case. I'm with you on Pau Ferro though, I really love it, and it's very durable and comfortable to play.
     
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    I don't believe that at all. But aesthetically, it certainly matters to me. I've seen LPs with maple fretboards--yuck!
     
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    I actually like Richlite...
     
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    Okey dokey. :rolleyes:
     
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