I've been GASing for the current SG Tribute for a while and I might get one in a couple of month. Today I was at a guitar store to check it out in person. They had three of those guitars in the show room: Gibson SG Tribute 2019 (vintage cherry satin) Gibson SG Tribute (vintage cherry satin) Gibson SG Tribute (natural walnut) As far as I know the first batch of SG Tributes (released in the end of 2018) is usually labelled "2019" whereas the later exemplars don't have a year in their name as Gibson does not want models associated with a specific year any more. They just call it their "core line" or something like that. From what I've read so far these models are essentially the same except for a different nut material (according to Gibson's website). Now when I saw them side by side I immediately noticed something with the fretboards. While the 2019 had the usual brown rosewood color the other two models had a very weird looking fretboard. They were kind of grey. Looked like a layer of dust. But it wasn't. I could not wipe it away. Have you seen something like this before? Is this just a very dry fretboard or did they actually use different wood on the newer models?