Is this Rosewood or baked maple?

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  1. tfish

    tfish New Member

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    Hi, pictured is a 2011 SG Standard. Just wondering if it looks to be a Rosewood or Baked Maple fretboard? Sorry if it's hard to tell by the photo's. It doesn't seem to be as 'grainy' as most other rosewood fretboards I have seen/owned, plus I've never seen a baked maple fretboard, so I'm not sure how different they look. It was made on day 322 of 2011...
    Thanks for any info!
     

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    oldrockfan Well-Known Member

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    baked maple... stained nicely but just doesn't have the look or grain of rosewood to me.
     
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    I think that's rosewood, dude. I looked VERY carefully at the pictures and the first two made me think it might be baked maple, but the third shows differently. Baked Maple won't have hardly ANY grain and I've seen some rosewood that was flat enough and smooth enough to look like that. It just takes a delicate hand and a LOT of sanding to make the rosewood look like that.

    If only all RW fretboards were done well like that, I might not dislike it so much. BM and Ebony for me, thanks.
     
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    If I had just looked at the third pic... I might agree with you but that first pic says maple all over it.
     
  5. SGspecial

    SGspecial Well-Known Member

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    Here's a pic of maple. Definitely smoother than rosewood.
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    Baked maple. A client who has a similar model swears by this stuff, use it liberally a couple of times and his is good for months .
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    Oh, and it's what the maker recommends, as well .
    Biddlin ;>)/
     
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  7. tfish

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    Thanks so much for the response fellas! Yeah quite hard to tell, but I'm thinking it may be BM. I have borrowed it from my local store overnight and used it at a rehearsal this evening. It plays and sounds great, slightly better than my 96 special with ebony fretboard you can see it pic #2 :)
     
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    And here's a (dirty) baked maple fretboard, nice and close-up.

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    I think I'd say baked maple. I don't have any decent rosewood to compare, but judging from my own SG I think it looks mapley.
     
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    Tobacco Worm Well-Known Member

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    As the other folks have stated and such, it's a maple board. And to paraphrase Miss Heket, I too like mapley things.:naughty:

    Wade
     
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    Yup, me thinks maple.
     
  11. Tyler

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    Mine is a 2011 Standard made in Oct, and I have a redwood fretboard. The 381st axe made on Oct 4th, 2011. If that helps you in figuring it out.
     
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    You sure on that? Your fretboard looks an awful lot like rosewood to me.
     
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    TattooedCarrot Well-Known Member

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    That's rosewood in the first post, no doubt.
     
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    I'm thinking baked maple isn't offered with block inlays? My 2011 Special HH is maple and I'm thinking that's rosewood
     
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    By the way...I really like the maple
     
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    sgtbeefheart Well-Known Member

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    If you've had a rosewood board, you can feel the difference
    immediately.

    It very hard to the touch, like steel, and takes getting used to.
     
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    Sootio Well-Known Member

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    Just a quick look online, but apparently the 2011 Standards were rosewood.
     
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    sgtbeefheart Well-Known Member

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    2011 was the first year for baked maple on Standards.
     
  19. oldrockfan

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    I'd suggest the fingernail test as a way to know but it is invasive... ie if the fretboard is rosewood and you press your fingernail in it... it will fairly easily dent. Try that with maple and it won't easily dent.
     
  20. Tyler

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    2011 was split year for rosewood. In Aug when they got raided they started using maple until they could get another supply of rosewood. I don't know when's they did for sure, but it was by Oct 4th. And I believe that there was still some continued use of maple from then on, but don't hold me to that. I saw that some time ago when I was shopping for mine.
     
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