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Why doesn't Gibson make guitars with maple fretboards?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Dismalhead, Apr 17, 2020.

Maple fretboards on Gibsons?

  1. It'd be ugly and strange.

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  2. Sure. I'd love one.

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  3. I don't like maple boards, even on Fenders.

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  4. Gibson? I don't need no stinking Gibson!

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  5. Turtles, turtles, turtles. I think that was a Motley Crue song.

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  6. I need something to eat again.

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  1. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    Just a stupid observation I just made. I realized that lots of guitar manufacturers don't use maple fretboards on any of their guitars. Gibson, Paul Reed Smith, Gretsch, etc. I love the smooth hardness of a maple board.

    Is it just tradition that keeps these guys from giving people the option? Would it look ugly because we're not used to it?
     
  2. bgmacaw

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    They have made them but they aren't that common. I guess they don't have them as a regular item because "tradition".

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  3. Jon S.

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    If you generally prefer maple boards, perhaps cop a Gibson with an ebony board.
     
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    Gibson's focus is on good looks and superior tone, so no maple necks for you!

    (just kidding! I'm bored)
     
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    Gibson L6S
     
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    There's a few runs of Classics and Tributes with baked maple fretboards.

    They weren't well received for no good reason.
     
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    They did in mid 70s through the early 80s.
    They made Les Paul Customs, L6S, Marauder, as well as Ripper and Grabber basses.
    They also made maple necks.
    The instruments were universally heavy, and the fingerboards showed dirt and wear fairly quickly.
     
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    Roasted maple
     
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    My 76 S-1 has one and it was good enough for Ron Wood to market. But as "brookdalebill" says it is a back breaker weight wise.
     
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    Same reason acoustics, arch tops, violins, banjos and ukuleles never have maple fretboards. Which is to say, I don't know. :)
     
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    They dont really anymore but have done in the past. Presumably its not a big seller for them. Most people after a gibson want a gibson with gibson features, chunky rosewood fretboard being pretty stereotypical of a good gibson.

    Gibson, like fender have tried a lot of things over the years and at this point, they know what sells and what doesnt.

    Both companies have modern lines ( gibson modern standards, fender elite & pro) and more true to original lines ( gibson original, fender original, vintera).

    They generally try stuff out on modern lines, vintage lines are not about new developments.

    If they do another product with a maple fretboard, it will be an 80s reissue or something new.
     
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    I love Maple necks, but I prefer Rosewood or Ebony fingerboards for the feel of them. Maple fingerboards look great with the black block inlay, just don't feel the same.
     
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    I prefer mahogany necks and rosewood boards.

    There, I said it.
     
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    Maple boards on a Gibson would look so out of place
    This Raw Power would not have the same appeal
     

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    which model is this?
     
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    I kind of like this:

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    Already has a Maple top.
     
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    Gibson Music City. It has a B bender. A little hard to find at a good price.
     
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    Because they want you to play authentic...says so right on the box.
     
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