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Streaked Ebony is a feature now?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by King-of-Tone, Apr 2, 2021.

  1. King-of-Tone

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    Yeah, but that was back in the days when the streaked ebony was just left on the forest floor and treated as unusable waste. I don't mind the streaking but I'm not sure why you would have to pay a premium for it when it's probably the more common form of ebony.
     
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    And kids today with all them tats and saggy pants :mad:
     
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    $650? Is this an April Fool’s joke they didn’t take down yet? It looks like crap. I wouldn’t pay $6.50 for it.
     
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    I don't mind striped ebony, but that neck is stupid-expensive.
     
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    Just like knotty pine used for Telecaster bodies. Twenty years ago you'd have been laughed at.

    Gretsch tried it in the 50s with their Roundup line (western-themed guitars) and they didn't last too long in the catalog. They screamed of cheepnis, with the crappy Melita bridge, belt buckle slapped on the tailpiece, and refrigerator art scribbled on the pickguard and fingerboard inlays:

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    Chet was not happy about any of this and wanted no association with these guitars, calling the appointments "junk."

    But of course these are now collectable because they're...old.


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    $650 for that ugly-ass neck?!
     
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    Looks okay to me, but not at that price.
     
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    Why does that maple fretboard have those dark marks on it? The headstock and the back of the neck look good.
     
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    It's that price because it's ebony, not because it's striped. An Am Std. neck with RW is $549, and an Am Original one with RW or maple is $699. Fender charges a premium for American made necks. DUH!
     
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    I think Taylor calls it smoky ebony, or some such thing. I have a few spots on my 814. Although I do not mind it, I would prefer solid black. But I get the ecological argument and I have found that the light bits are just as resilient as the dark.
     
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    Very common in boutique builds.
    I like it actually. You’d pay for flame or birdseye or other character of grain in your top or neck. Why not the fingerboard?
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    Because streaked ebony is very common unlike flame or birdseye. It's typically how ebony naturally occurs. Most of the ebony fretboards that we see have been dyed to remove the streaking. So, you're paying more for one less step they have to do.
     
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    Still looks like crap.
     
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    Avoid encouraging factories from pulling exotic woods from fragile rain forests.
    Three million new guitars are built every year and most of them with rosewood/ebony fretboards, using the choice straight grain -- that is a lot of trees.

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    Yup. It’s maple and alder for me.
     
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    I wonder how many hating on that neck have a phony beat to s**t CS shop guitar that they payed more for to get that fake gross looking thing? "Heavy Relic" is cool, but steaked ebony, in it's natural state, isn't? What hypocrites.
     
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    Black Locust (Robinia Pseudoacacia) is about 90% as dense and hard as EIR (East Indian Rosewood) and grows easily in most regions of the US (and many other places too). It nitrogen-fixes the local soil, can grow quickly and it is not threatened/endangered, etc (in fact it is considered an undesirable exotic in places where it doesn't occur naturally). Does it look as good as EIR ? Well, maybe not quite as good, but I have a chunk of it on a guitar and it looks just fine to me. I'd like to see a lot more of the stuff used to build guitars.

    No [good] reason to trash the tropical rainforests when the answer to guitar woods may be already here and growing a-ok.
     
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    I like black ebony well enough, but I prefer a piece of wood with some character. I’d take a streaky bit of ebony over a pristine piece 99x/100. But that’s me. I can understand the other side of it too.
     
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