Pau Ferro and Laurel

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  1. blackspider57

    blackspider57 Member

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    Well, I now have two guitars with fingerboards made from something I had never owned before.
    The Gretsch G2420 has Laurel (no Indian)
    and the Duo-Sonic has Pau Ferro.
    Both work just fine
    feels fine, and other than the lighter shade on the Pau Ferro look great.
    I am always happy to try something new and different,
    and even happier when I like it.:)
     
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  2. Dale

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    My 2013 LP Studio has Grenadillo and I like it as well.
     
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    I really like my Pau Ferro FB but honestly wouldn't have chosen it if I had the option initially, just based on looks.

    I'm a convert though. It feels great.
     
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    I love how the pau ferro looks on my Deluxe Nashville's neck, which I hate.

    And... laurel to me just looks awful. I was at my guitar tech one day and a guy walked in with a newer Squier he'd just got on a trade or something and he said "this rosewood looks shot, anything that can be done about it?" I told him "it's laurel. It looks like that."
     
  5. Matt L

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    I didn’t think I cared for Indian Laurel at first, as it seemed to look like dried out rosewood, but I’ve since gotten a couple of Squiers with darker boards and some interesting swirled grain. It feels just fine and sounds no different to me.
     
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    I'm cool with both of them.
     
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    I recently ordered and just received one of the MF Squier Surf Green Bullet Teles - and for $130 I wasn't expecting much. I expected that the Indian Laurel board would be pretty pale. But it arrived with the IL fretboard looking great! Nice and dark. Maybe I just got lucky on this one, I don't know..

    This one was my first Indian Laurel fretboard.

    And after a string change this week, I'll put some Fret Doctor on the board and it should darken up even more.

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  9. BluntForceTrauma

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    I just bought this same guitar. I love it. I'm guessing the fretboard is Indian Laurel, but you can't really tell from looking and I notice no difference from rosewood as far as the feel goes. I'm pleased. I bought this guitar as a cheap Tele to tune to open G for Stones covers, but I like it so much I just want to play it all the time now.
     
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    I hear ya - I love mine! I was really surprised by how much I like it.. I can't seem to put it down..
     
  11. 9fingers

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    Our eyes get so trained by what we have seen as "normal" that something different doesn't look right, no matter how well it works.
     
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    I also have a Squier Bullet Tele with an Indian laurel fretboard. Mine is quite dark with very even grain and coloring. I have no problem with alternative woods or other materials. I used to own a Gibson LP Special with a baked maple fretboard and loved it. I wish I still had it.

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  13. Surgeon

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    My PGK kit came with Pau Ferro. I really like the feel of it, it's great. The look is an acquired taste for me (it's a little light compared to rosewood or ebony (which I prefer)) but it's slowly growing on me.

     
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  14. Pentoad

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    If you like Pau Ferro, wait till you try Saw Palmetto!
     
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