Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by 67super, Jun 8, 2008.
Maybe a dumb question but how can you tell whether a fingerboard is Brazilian rosewood or not?
Check your checking account balance.
If it's empty, it's Brazillian.
I've got 3 instruments with Brazillian boards, I can't tell the difference between them and a nice dark Indian- or whatever they've been using for the past 40 years.
LOL!! Thanks, that's kind of what I thought. I have a 91 PRS CU24 I've owned since it was new. I've never been sure about the board and I guess I'm still not sure.
If you post a pic we could probably tell. Braz is usually much better figured than IRW, and it can be a bit more puplish than IRW. I forget which year PRS discontinued braz as standard, but I know it was before '91.
I'll get a pic up at some point but it's not convenient right now. The PRS history I've read says 91 was a transitional year. It's a very dark board but I wouldn't say it's highly figured.
Braz does tend to be darker, so it could be.
braz is more orange
the other stuff is darker
You can smell the difference.
If you scratch and sniff and it smells like Starbucks it's braz. If not, EIR.
It's really hard to tell definitively just by looking.
I laughed at that!