What's the verdict on Richlite fingerboards?

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  1. Redrum

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    I appreciate the stability that Richlite offers. The neck of my Martin has proven the least problematic, and least maintenance intensive neck of any of the guitars I have owned, electrics included. Rarely touch the truss rod, and it's on a OOO sized acoustic with a longer scale neck. Go figure.

    In my experience Richlite appears to be a stable material, assists with tuning stability and it doesn't seem to be as sensitive to temperature variations and humidity fluctuations as Maple, Rosewood or even Ebony fingerboards. I think it's legit material and a functional alternative to the standard (and dwindling) organic fingerboard woods.

    I only speak with my experience with a single guitar (albeit an acoustic), but the material has merit and really shouldn't be dismissed.
     
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  2. twoheadedboy

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    It seems like a decent alternative to endangered woods. A material like that should be used on many new guitars. Personally, I'd rather buy a used guitar with a solid wood fretboard than a new guitar with richlite.
     
  3. Cam1936

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    I like Godin, and they use it a lot, but Godin is a brand that has always been more modern and innovative. I like that, but I also like the traditional brands too. So I wouldn't mind Richlite on something modern, I want real wood on a Gibson or a Martin. That probably makes me shallow, but I'm fine with that.
     
  4. Lotis

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    I have an SG with Richlite. It is fine. No complaints whatsoever.
     
  5. Mike_it_up

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    My Godin plays great, never an issue
     
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  6. Surfreak

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    I suspect I will always be among the troglodytes that want a fingerboard made of wood. I am open - reluctantly - to other, more sustainable woods, and I do appreciate and own guitars like my Steinberger GL, which has no wood whatsoever, but a traditional guitar model must be made of wood.

    Now, I’d really be interested in knowing what is the perspective with bowed instruments: are there any violins, cellos etc with a Richlite fingerboard?
     
  7. DC1

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    http://soundcomposites.com/fingerboards.html

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  8. brittwin

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    I have a Gibson Les Paul Player Plus with Richlite. I also have a Traditional with a Rosewood board. Close my eyes and the playability and sound is nearly indistinguishable. If I’m completely honest, the Richlite has a more silky feel and plays a hint more effortlessly.
     
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    I’ve played a couple guitars with Richlite. They were nice. I prefer the ebony board on my LPC.
     

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