What's the verdict on Richlite fingerboards?

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  1. Madguitrst

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    P.S. My favorite fretboard material is, in order: Macassar Ebony, Pau Ferro, Brazilian Rosewood, and......get this....Baked Maple.
     
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    Completely understand and respect you! :dude
     
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    If I'm shelling out big bucks of my hard earned Moola for another one these bad boys...
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    ...it's gotta have an Ebony fretboard like my '78. My preference, my choice.
     
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    Initial thought: I prefer the full flavored Rich fingerboards

    On a more serious note: It feels like ebony. I was not in a good environment to get the subtle nuances of the tone, but it sounded like ebony in so far as I could tell at the store.
     
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    Awesome!
    Which one are you going for?
     
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    Right now I'm reaching for the one in my avatar. ;)
     
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    Anyone made a glass fingerboard? It would be smooth as glass! :D

    I still can't believe some phones have glass fronts and backs.....
     
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    Nice.

    I like the teal (?) one myself....ironic, since I like faded-type SGs.
    But those are all gorgeous: I'd take any and all of them!
     
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    It's Inverness Green. I like the Black one. They are all classy. :)
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    Kind of a long vid, but I think he explains the current state of ebony pretty well here.

     
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    Ebony and Rosewood were used because they was the best material available at the time. Times change.
     
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    The interesting thing to me is that once a string is fretted
    The material a nut is made out of is out of the loop tone wise.
     
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    It all depends on what price you pay. About 2 years ago I bought a gorgeous Les Paul Custom 2014 model it has the dreaded richlite. I payed 2 grand even. I'm very happy with it. It's not a substitute if you buy it and know that's what you are getting it's not like Gibson or any of these other production guitar companies are asking you if you want Richlite or not or offering it an option or something.
     
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    My Les paul custom with it feels anything but cheap and plastic. I own 3 others to compare it to. The one that feels the cheapest is actually the cheapest guitar of the bunch. Of my crew that is :)
     
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    Same here, Richlite fingerboard and bridge on my X-001. 10 years on, zero issues.
     
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    There may come a day when Richlite may be the only option.
     
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    I have a richlite fretboard on my Martin. I have no issues with it. I like the fact that it isn't wood, it can't dry out!
     
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    I've got guitars with ebony and richlite.

    I kid you not, I forgot that the richlite wasn't ebony. Nobody ever can tell that plays it.
     
  20. Madguitrst

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    Speaking of nuts, once fretted, a nut should be out of the loop not only tone wise, but intonation wise.

    I have always been extremely sensitive to the inconsistencies of intonation inherent with string instruments.
    Since my early years, I developed my own tuning method, which definitely help but didn't eliminate the issues (I couldn't use a tuner except for one note, an open D or G, then I tuned to them.....playing out I learned to feel the vibrations).

    Fast forward and I acquired two US made Hamer Artists (Gataso) with adjustable wrap tail bridges.
    These guitars had the closest thing to perfect intonation I had ever experienced.

    Fast forward even further and I had 3 custom builds (from the same builder) and went with the Feiten Tuning System (compensated nuts).
    To me, they are perfection and heavenly bliss.
    They are perfect all of the way up and down the neck, intonation wise.

    I think I know my fair share about guitars, but why, once fretted, does it continue to work?
    Is it that the change in distance from nut to bridge is still present even under fretted notes?

    If so, then the nut is never out of the equation, which would make some sense because, say using a brass nut a guitar does sound different, both open and fretted strings.

    Just some thoughts I feel like I had to throw out there.
    Any and all theories are welcomed and wanted!
     

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