What's the verdict on Richlite fingerboards?

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  1. PLAYLOUD

    PLAYLOUD Member

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    Or is it too early for a verdict? Looks like a great alternative, but it claims to be everything with no faults, so I'm a little suspicious. What are you all hearing or if you've played it what's your experience?

    Thanks!
     
  2. DanielHillshafer

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    I've got a richlite fretboard on my SG Standard. It feels and looks a lot like rosewood. I'm okay with it as it performs "as advertised".
     
  3. Dirty_Tones

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    I have one on my Martin acoustic and it's great!
     
  4. Guitarworks

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    Those who don't care that the fretboard is synthetic have no problem with them. Those who prefer real wood for the money they're paying don't want them. That's pretty much the verdict. If you just need to feel something under your fingers, it'll probably work for you.
     
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    Gibson claims it costs them more to make a guitar with a richlite fingerboard.
     
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  6. Bertiman

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    Martin puts it on their cheaper guitars.... Gibson puts it on their more expensive guitars...

    I kinda feel that Gibson is trying to push market sentiment.

    I'm not a buyer of richlite on expensive guitars.
     
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  7. doublescale1

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    I've got a Martin with a Richlite fretboard and a G&L ASAT Special with an Ebony fretboard - to me they feel the same and the notes on either guitar react the same, in that they are a little more crisp when compared to a rosewood board. I've come to the realization that natural tone woods will become selectively harder and harder to get, if not disappear all together. I do not feel that the Martin tone is in any way compromised by the material of the fretboard. I also understand that Richlite is easier to do a re-fret on as it is far less prone to chipping FWIW. It's the turn of the 21st century, not the 20th. Just keep playing.
     
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    The original 2012 ones sound best. After that Gibson started using lower quality countertops and the tone suffered.
     
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  9. Bertiman

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    I've owned a bunch of carbon fiber guitars, and still own one.... For me, it is not about acceptance of new materials, but rather acceptance of new materials as relates to the instrument being purchased. To my mind, richlite is a cheap substitute for real ebony and as such would not accept it on an expensive instrument as a substitute for ebony.
     
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    I thought richlite was supposed to be more like ebony? I don't own a guitar with a richlite fretboard, but I wouldn't hesitate one second. In fact, I lusted after a Gibson Midtown Custom for a long, long time and those have richlite fretboards.
     
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    had one on a Gibson, didn't know it was Richlite until a few months after got it, looked like ebony..guitar played great
     
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    tjontheroad Just Wanna Be Misunderstood Silver Supporting Member Vendor

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    So does Godin. They use it because it's more stable.
     
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  13. doublescale1

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    ok
     
  14. Dirty_Tones

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    That's not true. Unless you think a $1,400 to $1,900 Martin is "cheaper".
     
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  15. Bertiman

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    Relative to Martin's standard lines and above, it is cheaper....
     
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  16. milli vanilli

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    I'd buy it on a modern guitar that tries new stuff like a Parker but not on a traditional guitar like a Gibson les Paul. For me it has to be on the right guitar.
     
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    I have it on a Martin acoustic with richlite and like it. I've played lots of guitars with richlite, but have yet to work on one, as in do a refret, so I don't know how they react compared to wood.

    If I were spending $5000 on a guitar, I'd probably want real wood, but that would be for aesthetic reasons only. For all practical reasons on a working guitar I would probably choose richlite.
     
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  18. duhziner

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    I need to preface what I'm going to say. I'm not a tone snob. I can't hear the difference between a real Klon versus a Klone, for example, or a Reissue versus Vintage, and I certainly can't hear the difference between Richlite, and Ebony, but I can feel the difference. To my fingers, it feels very plastic, and cheap, but then again, what do I know
     
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    My great sounding Godin LP sorta copy thingie has a richlite fb.
    A hot day, and my gtr:



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  20. Mikhael

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    Does it feel like bare wood, like Rosewood and Ebony FBs do, or does it feel finished and slightly sticky, the way Fender finished Maple fingerboards do? Somewhere in between? Like a sponge? Don't know, just curious; to my knowledge, I haven't played on one.
     
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