Would you guys be satisfied with this light of a fretboard?

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  1. arcticsg

    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    I prefer the darker rosewood fretboard myself.

    But on the ‘61 Reissue model, I’ll deal with it. Oh wait, I have:

    Before:

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    And a couple weeks after F1 fretboard oil:

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  2. RWMusic

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    pictures aren't showing.
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    Something broke. I'm sure it will get fixed.
     
  4. sazista

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    It's fine man. You're being tainted by what has influenced you to buy it in the first place. It doesn't look cheap, nor like an Epi. Just do your music and you'll never thing about it anymore. Remember what Frank taught us: "Shut Up and Play your Guitar" :) Welcome!
     
  5. JesseXGibson

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    I usually prefer dark fretboards. But on some guitars, lighter fretboards really work. Yours is in said category sir, congrats on a beaut!
     
  6. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    Let wood be wood, it’s all beautiful.

    I have a Fender Tony Franklin bass with and ebony fingerboard, unfortunately they dyed it to make it “none more black” I would have preferred it natural.

    the thumbrest is natural ebony fucking gorgeous!

    you can even see a run of excess dye at the end of the board...
    I have wiped it down with 90% alcohol and got a little dye out of it but it will take time to get a reasonable amount out.

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    goncalo alves and zircote

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    ebony (L) and roasted granola or some **** (R)

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    not even sure what this is, but it’s not rosewood, maybe the same as the white V..

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    40 year old rosewood...

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  7. sadmoodyfrazier

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    It's a modern chubby Nashville one. My 300 euros "Hofner" has the same identical bridge. I took both bridges (gibson and hofner) and I've swapped them. They are drop in interchangeable. Weights also the same. A bridge upgrade would be the best thing to do. I've changed my Gibson SG bridge with a Faber one and it's way better.
     
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    The idea that any kind of wood is "cheaper" because of how light or dark it's shaded is just silly.
     
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    Ah I see. I’m not really au fait with the different bridges for the SG and how they affect things, beyond the obvious wraparound junior tailpiece and TOM...
    I need to do some research as I’m not even sure of the officially correct way to set up the TOM, tailpiece all the way down? Part way up? Top wrap? Nashville vs ABR... colour me confused...
     
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    This one's easy really and as opposed to a bunch of other woodoo theories you'll find on the internets all options are free so you can do whatever you like without losing any money. The correct way is of course to adjust in in relation to the bridge in such a way that the strings don't touch the back of it. That's it. But like I said, if you chose any of the theories out there you really don't have anything to lose.
     
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    Why? What specifically does the Faber do "better" than the Gibson?
     
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    The strings should be above the trailing edge of the bridge, touching only the saddles. The stopbar should mimic the bass to treble slant of the bridge. Raising the stopbar to the highest level where the saddle contact is still good, i.e. the strings don't pull off of the bridge or rattle makes bends feel easier.
     
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  13. sadmoodyfrazier

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    Faber is made out of 100% german steel with, in my case, brass saddles. Also the tailpiece is an aluminum lightweight thin vintage one. It's an ABR with nashville spacing so it looks vintage being a drop in replacement part. It's made from a single piece of steel, not cast. Original Gibson Nashville is zamak which, essentially, is the cheap metal used to make toy guns. Swapping for the Faber gave me a lot more acoustic sound. Gibson kind of bridges, from my point of view, should always be stringed with a top wrap system to avoid bridge collapsing. You could set up the tailpiece higher but I don't like to put all that stress on the studs. On the Epiphones you just can't do it without make the stud holes became loose over time. Also setting the tailpiece all the way down makes more vibrations come to the wood (they say). So I always top wrap setting the tailpiece all the way down. Bridge collapsing, unfortunately, happens.
     
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    There are Nashville bridges made out of machined AMERICAN steel one piece billets and Bell brass every bit as good as Faber.
    Kluson USA and Pinnacle are two. Those will NEVER collapse. It's fine if you are in the ABR-1 camp but it is certainly not the end all of bridges.
     
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    No need to stress AMERICAN. It is the fact that it is steel, not Zamak (American Zamak) that counts.
     
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    You should try an real acoustic some time.
    Seriously, they can handle the pull.
    The vibrations from that 1" of string behind the saddles is not what most people want to hear.
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    Even wraptail bridges require some height in most instances. The guitar pictured above has outstanding sustain and tone without bottoming out on he wood.
     
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    I try many acoustics every day, trust me. Seems that you can't get what I'm talking about.

    You'll notice the first time a tailpiece stud will not stay in place anymore and you'll have bad tuning problems.

    Still you can't get what I'm talking about.

    A TOM tailpiece need a lot more height to discourage bridge bowing and collapsing.
     
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    Gibson player for 50+ years, so I guess I'll have to keep waiting for that unlikely event.
    Well you got that backwards. How much string between the saddle and the tailpiece? (Go ahead I'll wait.) How do you think the rest of the string transmits vibrations past the saddles?
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    Like that?
    You really haven't thought this out very clearly.
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    We reached our quota of dumbfucks early this month.
     
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    Just checked my give a f**k wallet and it's cleaned out. :naughty:
     

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