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soapfoot

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Apr 12 17 9:19 AM

weird, it worked the other day.

To tell the truth it's ALL more-or-less inferior to the Brazilian rosewood that was outlawed in '69.

Pick up a board of Brazilian and it rings like a marimba bar. East Indian Rosewood is pretty (though not as pretty) and not entirely a different animal... but is not anywhere near the same, tonally, as Brazilian.

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jesse decarlo

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Apr 12 17 11:32 AM

When it comes to acoustic guitars, I personally (usually) like a mahogany body better than the non-Brazilian rosewood that is still sold as the superior (or at least more expensive) option. For fretboards I haven't really been able to decide how much of a difference it makes. Surely SOME difference, but I wouldn't bet money that I could distinguish the sound of a rosewood fretboard from pau ferro, or whatever.

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natenajar

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Apr 17 17 8:53 PM

My Ramirez has a Brazilian body and while it's such a fine guitar I am not sure how much the Brazilian contributes, but man does this guitar speak.

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owlander

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My tele is maple. I just put it away to use the anderson for a while. But I definitely know what you're referring to, and I like that too.

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soapfoot

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I've got very little religion about one or the other. If I pick up a guitar and I like it, I'll happily use it. I've learned it's best for me to be really open-minded about such things. 

Like, I recently came into a possession of a very early Ibanez JEM 777 from 1987 (complete with hand grip in body, Floyd Rose that you can pull up, scalloped frets 21-24, etc). Every single "feature" of that guitar is more-or-less diametrically opposed to everything I've ever looked for or liked or wanted in a guitar. But I'll be damned if it's not an incredibly inspiring, enjoyable, great-SOUNDING, great-feeling guitar to play. Since buying it, I cannot put it down. I'm glad I didn't let my prejudice against it keep me from trying it.

Current head count in my place--

Brazilian Rosewood: 9
Maple: 6
East Indian Rosewood: 5
Ebony: 3
"Ebonol" (epoxy resin-coated black paper): 1
"Ebonized" mystery wood (black dye): 1

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gtoledo3

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Mentioned it on another thread, but the torrified maple fretboards that Gibson has put on some guitars are surprisingly nice.

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owlander

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soapfoot wrote:
I've got very little religion about one or the other. If I pick up a guitar and I like it, I'll happily use it. I've learned it's best for me to be really open-minded about such things. 

Like, I recently came into a possession of a very early Ibanez JEM 777 from 1987 (complete with hand grip in body, Floyd Rose that you can pull up, scalloped frets 21-24, etc). Every single "feature" of that guitar is more-or-less diametrically opposed to everything I've ever looked for or liked or wanted in a guitar. But I'll be damned if it's not an incredibly inspiring, enjoyable, great-SOUNDING, great-feeling guitar to play. Since buying it, I cannot put it down. I'm glad I didn't let my prejudice against it keep me from trying it.

Current head count in my place--

Brazilian Rosewood: 9
Maple: 6
East Indian Rosewood: 5
Ebony: 3
"Ebonol" (epoxy resin-coated black paper): 1
"Ebonized" mystery wood (black dye): 1


When I was into VAI at 16 years of age, I wanted the green 'vine' guitar. I do still have my RG760; it's pretty beat up. It used to have playboy pictures all over the back of it... :).

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soapfoot

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Indeed, they've started using torrefied maple on some Gibsons.

In some ways I wonder whether it isn't Henry J. trolling everyone because of all the trouble he's gotten into over legitimate exotic woods. But I've heard multiple people now say they like it, so who knows!

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gtoledo3

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Well, it's on a Gibson Melody Maker, SG style body, one pickup, one volume knob (no tone). Fantastic minimalist guitar. I didn't realize it was torrified maple until after it had won me over. I hemmed and hawed about it a little bit since I was unfamiliar, but the particular guitar was just a magic combo.

If I had to compare it to one of the classic fretboard types, I think it might come closes to Ebony with the way that Gibson implements it. Even though it winds up brown.

Maybe some of it has to do with the finishing? There is no lacquer, or no "satin finish", like one might come to expect on a maple fretboard. The grain density definitely in particular winds up feeling more like Ebony than Rosewood.

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