The new Pau Ferro necks

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  1. rogb

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    My Precision Guitar LP style has a PF board. A couple of hits with Fret Doctor had the colour dark enough. I'm happy with it. Feels fine. I would prefer BRW but that wasn't possible due to CITES.
     
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    I have a Larrivee L-03 with an ebony board that has some streaks in it I've never minded one bit. It has Grevillea Robusta back and sides, and for the life of me I can't fathom why more builders aren't using this wood. It's sustainable (actually considered a weed in Australia) and an amazing tone wood...not to mention jaw dropping looks. It has an L style body and I'd put it up against any Martin dread for clarity and bass response. Probably why I never pay attention to the streaks in the fretboard.
     
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    I'd love a pau ferro fretboard, unfortunately all the guitars I'm interested in have an Indian laurel or some other fretboard wood.

    Actually scratch that, I'm not that interested in tropical deforestation.
     
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    If that's the case Fender should dye it. I'm not alone thinking it looks cheap.
     
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    I have a Squier Tele with an Indian Laurel fret board. Very similar in feel to rosewood. I don't notice the difference.
     
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    I have a friend who just bought a new Ibanez: they're using jatoba as a replacement for RW. He doesn't notice a difference either.
     
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    I think Pao Ferro is a gorgeous wood and looks great on Fenders.

    Maybe I'm weird.
     
  11. Sean Mac

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    India Ink is just carbon in shellac if it's the traditional formulation.

    A 30ml bottle of Winsor and Newton is less than 5 euro in my local art shop.

    Archival quality and loved by many famous artists.

    As black as the blackest cat in the darkest coal cellar :)

    The carbon pigment is typically made by burning gas with a restricted oxygen supply.

    If engine oil wasn't full of the more scary chemistry it would be ideal and practically free.

    I like the grain so I'd enjoy seeing my fingerwear darken it over time.

    :)
     
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    Sounds like fender will get away with making plastic guitars in a few years time.
    If it's recycled plastic they might even be praised for it.

    You can still get rosewood boarded guitars for a few hundred bucks from other makers.
    The change is all about increasing profits by cost cutting on the materials used to manufacture the guitar yet rather than the guitars being cheaper to buy they are the same or cost more.

    As the regulations are being changed I wouldn't be surprised if some involved are busy buying up more rosewood and stockpiling it ready for the price hike.
     
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    The amount of rosewood going into guitars is but a tiny fraction of the amount used in things like furniture, etc.
     
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    Ampeg/Dan Armstrong has been making lucite guitars for decades.
     
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    Which makes it okay? Yeah, let’s keep using rosewood on sub-$800 guitars because Fender and Gibson are destroying the planet less than La-Z-Boy.
     
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    They are not Fenders. The plastic guitar makers are well known and people can buy them if that's what they want. Martin are part way there now too with their cheap azz richlite fretboards. Cheaping out to make affordable to more people is one thing. Cheaping out and selling for the same or higher prices is another.
     
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    I stopped reading after "Fender and Gibson are destroying the planet". That nonsense wasn't worth my time. The planet's been around billions of years, and has seen far worse than Gibson or Fender, but "Fender and Gibson are destroying the planet".
     
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    Everything is destroying the planet these days, that's why we need to increase the worlds population, corporations profits,taxes and make everything out of cheaper or synthetic materials. Apparently that will fix things.
     
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    I’ve never played PF but I really like the look of that fretboard (and the guitar overall).
     
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    Back in Black

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