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 Post subject: Rosewood Fretboard Origin
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:43 am 
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Hello fellow Rickenbacker fans! As the proud new owner of my first Ric (a mid 60's Electro branded ES-16), I've decided to make my first post to the forum.

I purchased the guitar recently from a gentleman who's father had stored it in a closet since the mid 80's. Needless to say, it's in wonderful condition, and only required minor adjustments to be restored to its original playing condition.

Upon first inspection, I was extremely impressed with the quality of the materials used to construct this 'student' level guitar. The maple body looks great, with a very nice Birdseye grain, but the rosewood fretboard really caught my eye. It's a very fetching mix of caramel and darker brown colored grains. My first thought was that it was probably Brazilian, due to the era of construction. However, my tech suggested these guitars used a 'mystery' rosewood in order to keep costs down.

Not that it makes a lot of difference, but curiosity was starting to get the best of me, so I thought I would see if any of you Ric aficionados could provide some insight into the origin of the rosewood used on these guitars?

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.


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 Post subject: Re: Rosewood Fretboard Origin
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:37 am 
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Chances are that it's Bubinga, given the model and era.


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 Post subject: Re: Rosewood Fretboard Origin
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:44 pm 
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JohnHall wrote:
Chances are that it's Bubinga, given the model and era.


Thanks for taking the time to reply, John!

That's an interesting choice; I would have never guessed. It still looks great after all these years. Thanks again!


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 Post subject: Re: Rosewood Fretboard Origin
 Post Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:06 pm 
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Snap_Jangle_Pop wrote:
JohnHall wrote:
Chances are that it's Bubinga, given the model and era.


Thanks for taking the time to reply, John!

That's an interesting choice; I would have never guessed. It still looks great after all these years. Thanks again!


How are you liking the Electro? Cool guitar! And thanks for coming to the Fab 40 show, too!


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