- Apr 15, 2022
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Not a biggie but looking at my new SG Tribute I wood guess the fretboard is dyed anyone know for sure?
Let's face it... here in 2022 at the shag end of the "tropical tone wood"
era, the guitar makers use whatever they can get.
Tropical tone wood used to be easy to get (for the manufacturers) and readily available for cabinet makers and luthiers and for Stew Mac and Warmoth and other suppliers. Not any more.
Now the nations where mahogany and rosewood can grow are often wracked by political upheavals and the markets where these tone woods are sold are often corrupt. In addition, the tropical forests where these woods were harvested have been disappearing for decades.
It's just about over. There are still supplies available, but it gets more and more expensive.
The days when guitarists guitarists' preferences ruled what manufacturers offered are over. Manufacturers must utilize whatever is available. And they do. And they will continue to do so. That's just the facts of the world we live in.
Wood such as mahogany have a number of variant species.
And there are trees that are "mahogany-like" but have different names
in different third world countries.
Don't take my word for it... watch the video "Bob Taylor talks about Ebony" as well as the follow up videos that tell the continuing story.
Manufacturers need to be ready for shortages, and they are. Substitute materials will be more and more common on new guitars of the future... if any.
very true... the video I posted is old, but it's only the beginning of the story. There are more follow-up videos. I posted it because it states the problem clearly.That video is already 10 years old already. In reality, the usage of Rosewood and Ebony on guitars is a very small drop in a bucket when compared to furniture manufacturers (especially those producing for Asia).
If I recall correctly, Gibson owns (or at least has contracts with) Mahogany plantations in Honduras, which is where they get their body and neck woods from.
Some companies (like Framus / Warwick) have been using alternative woods for many decades now (Bubinga, Wenge, Ovangkol, Swamp Ash and others).
Frankly, using Pao Ferro instead Rosewood on a fingerboard makes little to no difference to me personally.