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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. Fred Rogers

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    I’d prefer Gibson make guitars with maple necks. Mahogany necks break easily.
     
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    Ace Frehley would have looked ridiculous with a maple neck.
     
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    Because it's not authentic! Sorry, I couldn't resist. Anyway, as above, the have in the past and evidently didn't sell well.

    You also mentioned PRS. They have made a few with maple fretboards, but I think all bolt-ons. I think the Swamp Ash Specials were cool, although I've never seen one in person.
     
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    Late 70's RD, all the maple neck gibsons just don't play as well as the Fenders so if I want a maple that's what I buy.
     
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    I think they've used torrified maple within the past 10 years. I don't remember which models.
     
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    Actually the raw power studios did have a maple board - I liked them. I like your raw power too though.

    I have a soft spot for the weird maple board Gibson stuff, the L6S and Marauder in particular, although I’ve not played either.
     
  8. Fretting out

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    They tried maple fretboards on a couple guitars in the 70’s trying to edge into fenders territory and even had a couple bolt on guitars
    The gibson marauder had a bolt on neck and optional maple board it’s kind of like the tele of gibson

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    I wish they’d make it an option more often
    Gibson rd’s Also had a maple option

    I should have read Bills post he already covered this
     
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    He looks ridiculous with or without a guitar. :p
     
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    My first electric guitar was an L6-S just like this one. 24 fret maple fingerboard.
     
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    I did not know that
    I wish it was mine. It’s the one that got away. The seller (at the time) kicks himself in the butt for not selling it to me. Rather wanted to sell it locally and not split the shipping and insurance. Ended up selling it for over $200.00 less than our transaction would have netted him
     
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    My cm lp has maple neck with slab of rosewood for fret board
     
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    I think I just sharted my pants! I notice that wasn't an option, but it's true.....
     
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    Don't have a pic but in my College dorm 1976/77 a guy down the hall had an all natural '70's Strat ( maple board ) AND an Ibañez Acoustic dread, Spruce top/ maple body and maple neck and fretboard. That guitar looked pretty cool
     
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    Cos people do not like Gibson's with maple boards and shun them.


    As this thread show there has been plenty of maple boards found on Gibson's over the years, but if they don't sell then they don't sell .. Makes no sense putting stuff out on the streets that only a few are interested in.
     
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    They look terrible. Truly horrific.
     
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    Isn't it essentially a Fender thing??? I don't think anyone made maple neck guitars prior to Leo & Co., did they?
     
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    Deering do a banjo with a maple neck. Looks great.


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    A maple neck doesn’t look like a Gibson so they would have to sue themselves for creating fakes.
    Then they line them up and run them over with a tractor.
    All the executives don leather jackets and make threatening videos directed at each other.
    Finally, everyone falls and breaks their necks.
     
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    They have here and there in the past, but maple is a very non-traditional fretboard wood in the grand scheme of stringed instruments throughout history. Ebony is the traditional choice for Western stringed instruments. Rosewood was a budget alternative that came into wide use in the 1900s, but ebony was usually kept as the standard board on higher end models.

    Even Fender, who popularized the maple board, decided it was a mistake, fewer than 10 years in to selling guitars. They brought it back by popular demand in the mid '60s as a custom option, but those are rare. Maple boards were put back into standard production a few years later.
     
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