Help needed: what is this fretboard made of?

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  1. laza616

    laza616 Member

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    Guys i wanted to ask, what is this fretboard made of? Is it rosewood? Its not dark or typical as rosewood i have ever held on many guitars and its very smooth, almost silky. Actually god damn comfortable on touch. One would say its from plastic, but its a wood a checked when i removed tenon cover and also when i removed nut.
     

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    Hard to say, it certainly could be rosewood. It comes in all sorts of shades, some really dark and I've seen it even lighter than that.
     
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    Agree with the above, I have a couple of rosewood fretboards that look an awful lot like that. Color is 90% finish and makes visual identification from a photo very difficult. On the plus side, it looks very good whatever it is from what I can see. I would be happy with it on one of my guitars. Nice inlays as well.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Maybe Baked Maple or Grenadilla.
     
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    Thank you for confirmation.
    Its certainly a good wood i like it. Its the one guitar that doesnt need conditioning of the fretboard often. Its like permanently freshly conditioned with the lemon oil.

    Inlays on this guitar are so cheap, generic and offset on some frets, not well done. Its a blank piece of plastic. It looks bad but its just a cosmetic issue. No big deal.
     
  6. laza616

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    I will check these:
    Update : its not baked maple i think.
    Grenadilla - it could be.
    I am confused.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    I don’t think it’s maple.
    Grain is too open.

    Grenadilla is a type of rosewood.
     
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    What year and what guitar is it?

    I have at least 2 guitars with that granddildo stuff and it’s lighter than rosewood, and almost pao ferro like. Good stuff.

    my 2017 HP Flying V, and 2018 Les Paul BFG for sure have it.

    on the BFG they called it “Torrified” granola.


    Torrified
    By Sweetwater on Mar 4, 2011, 12:00 AM
    Osmosis resistant. Torrified (also spelled “torrefied”) wood neither swells up during humid summer months nor dries out due to dry winter air. Torrified wood will not shrink, warp, expand, or contract due to changing weather or humidity levels.

    Torrified wood has been heat treated or roasted until it has nearly 0% internal moisture. The wood will not reabsorb moisture because its structure has been altered as a result of the heating process. This is not a chemical process, and it affects the wood all the way through, to its core. The wood can be sanded, shaped, cut, or otherwise processed — or even scratched or dented — without losing the effects of the treatment. The heat treatment can also enhance the visual appeal of the wood.

    Several guitar manufacturers have begun using torrified maple necks on their instruments.
     
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    Its 2009 or 2010 Vintage VS6 (SG copy)
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    I don’t know anything about those, would a call to the company be possible?

    whatever it is it looks nice, we probably better see pictures of the rest of the guitar just to be sure.
     
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    Its the one second from left. Next to the Sunburst one
     

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