Standard Early 2000's Fretboard....Richlite?

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  1. PlexDaddyZman

    PlexDaddyZman New Member

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    Greetings all. I have a question that hopefully one of you more experienced SG players/collecters can answer.
    I just purchased a 2004 Standard on line. Have yet to recieve it but after many hours of examining the photos , it is evident that the fretboard is " Richlite " and not Ebony. I have no problem with that as I own a couple epiphones that utilize this material for the fretboard and they are wonderful playing/sounding guitars.
    I worked for Gibson in 2002 and know from being there that they did not use this material back then. I have spent many hours researching the net and find the earliest evidence is 2011 ( after the 2010 Nashville flood and the fed raids ) so I was wondering if anyone here has an sg from the early 2k with a richlite fretboard.
    Thanks in advance for any / all input you can offer.
     

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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    I agree about not seeing any of the alternative woods being used prior to 2012. What evidence shows that the board on your 2004 is Richlite instead of Ebony? Could it be possible that your 2004 SG Standard it got leftover Ebony board that was used on all those 2002-2004 SG Special Faded during that era?
     
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  3. PlexDaddyZman

    PlexDaddyZman New Member

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    It has no grain whatsoever. Granted ebony is a very dense wood but none the less has a faint hint of grain pores. If you look up "Richlite Fretboards" I believe you would agree albeit I don't have the guitar in hand but have been collecting, playing, and and am a professional woodworker.
     
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    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    Wait until you actually see the guitar... I bet it's not Richlite ;)
     
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    PlexDaddyZman New Member

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    I will. Thanks for your input arcticsg.
    Much appreciated.
     
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  8. PlexDaddyZman

    PlexDaddyZman New Member

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    Recieved the SG today.
    You were absolutely correct arcticsg, the fretboard is a very consistent tight grained rosewood. Couldn't be happier with the purchase. This one really sings !
    Great to have another SG in the collection after selling my last one 5 years ago.
     
  9. Franktone

    Franktone New Member

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    Congratulations on your new to you Gibson SG.
     
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  10. Steve D

    Steve D Well-Known Member

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    A rosewood board that can be mistaken - from a distance - for ebony or richlite sounds like a dream to those who love their rosewood to have that rich, super dark look. Sounds awesome. Glad you're enjoying the new guitar!
     
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    I was going to write that I didn't think your fretboard would turn
    out to be either Ebony or Richlite. I was going to say that Gibson
    was using Rosewood then, with Ebony on some selected models....
    but not the Standard.

    But you all beat me to it. And it turns out to be Rosewood, which is
    what Gibson was using on the SG Standard at that time.

    I'm glad you are happy with your new guitar.
    Welcome to ETSG!
     
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  12. Demon Dave

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    Glad you find rosewood, the old style is what we like :fingersx:
     
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    pancake81 Well-Known Member

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    Some enjoy the tonal characteristics of rosewood over ebony, as well as richlite. And certainly one that is as dark and as tight grained as ebony is the dream. I have a 2001 61 reissue with a dark rosewood board, and it’s beautiful. Better with age and occasional oiling to be honest. I love that fresh board.

    sorry you got worked up. But happy it all worked out!
     

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