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Author:  wmmnorthcutt [ Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Fretboard

I have a 78 4001s (lefty), and the fretboard is a very reddish wood. Is this a type of rosewood or something else?


Author:  PaulBoyer [ Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fretboard

It appears to be the typical bubinga, a type of rosewood. Most Rick basses have this type of wood. Sometimes you see very light versions of it, sometimes dark, but they are usually reddish. Current production basses have switched over to Caribbean rosewood which is browner but may have more "figuring" (fancy wood grain).

Author:  iiipopes [ Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fretboard

Bubinga is called "African Rosewood," but it is NOT a member of the dalbergia genus, as are Brazilian, Indian, Cocobolo, etc. Bubinga is Guibourtia demeusei of the family Leguminosae. Moreover, chechen, which RIC is now using, is Metopium brownei, also NOT a dalbergia genus rosewood.

Author:  Ben [ Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:34 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fretboard

Looks like bubinga to me.

Author:  ricslinger [ Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fretboard

This type of Rosewood is native to the rain forest regions of sub-Sahara Africa....plant geography 101.

Author:  wmmnorthcutt [ Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fretboard

Thanks, guys. I appreciate the responses. Mystery solved.

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