2017 Brazilian R9s

Discussion in 'Historics & Reissues' started by BigDipper15, Oct 26, 2017.

  1. abracadaben

    abracadaben Senior Member

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    interesting. all the WW fretboards were dark. Mine is very dark/chocolate.
    and the CME are all very colorful (they lok cool actualy IMO).
    The difference is interesting......

    Sorry I didnt post a NGD yet because Ive been moving and no time for that yet... I had mine 2 weeks ago though :)
     
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    I have seen Originals with water marks but less severe than that top, sorry can't find pics. Many were covered with the original cherryburst finish before they faded.

    There are so many Originals around, that we have never seen, it's truly hard to tell what is really authentic and not. Seems we only see the most popular overall.
     
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    jlb32 Senior Member

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    IMO the darkness of the fretboards on the Original Bursts come from age and years of playing. I doubt they all left the factory with super dark fretboards like most think. Brazilian is a very colorful wood. It's not all super black.
     
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    abracadaben Senior Member

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    I could totally agree with that. I actually find the coloring pretty cool.
    just interesting to notice that WW got the dark ones...
     
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    jlb32 Senior Member

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    Wildwood is Gibsons #1 at this time, as they have been for several years now. They got the darkest boards pick for this run and they got the #1 plus serial numbers for 2017.
     
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    Plus at least 2 major benchmark dealers dumped their ass this year.
     
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  7. DanD

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    The WW run would definitely be my choice. The first few lemons from WW had killer tops. The 2d group of washed cherry not so much. The CME run had nothing that thrilled me.

    At this price point I'd pay for nothing less than a monster top.

    Lemon #4 ticked all my boxes.
     
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  8. Pythonman

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    That thing is a monster IMO! I'd be all over her in a heartbeat. Looks fabulous, and the grain and streaks are just awesome. The flames and color are choice. Yep, nothing here to not like, nosir.
     
  9. abracadaben

    abracadaben Senior Member

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    Just an fyi. Brazilian Rosewood isn't really a dark wood. Unless it's had some kind of stain or dye rubbed in to it. It's generally speaking a light to dark brownish pink color.
     
  12. DanD

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    The best top out of the new batch at WW sold quickly.
    Both the R0s look good.
    Price is creeping up tho... :dunno:
     
  13. abracadaben

    abracadaben Senior Member

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    I️ grabbed #97018.... :/
     
  14. RAG7890

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    ........here you go Ben. :)

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    HNGD to all those who grabbed these. :thumbs: :applause: :applause:

    Cheers, Rudi.
     
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    He Abra BEAUTYFUL
     
  16. MikeyV

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    To see what kind of BRW was around circa 1960, just look at Martins from then (and decades before). It was all the red stuff. Some color variation, but pretty uniform. At least this is what Martin sourced, which was apparently imported in whole logs (that thy selected) and sawn at Martin's factory.

    That said, BRW can have a wide spectrum of looks. It is called Dalbergia nigra, after all. I have some samples that are near black (and black under finish) to ones that are almost pink/light orange. And the best is that brick red stuff.

    I'd bet that the majority of Gibson fingerboards (and indeed Fenders too) were that Brick red stuff, when new, and have darker with oxidation, and oils, and use, and time.

    FWIW, I like the boards from CME. And that Iced Tea Fade is a real honey. The Widwood boards do look more like an old original though.


    Good times, my friends. BRW Standard Les Pauls.
     
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    To sum up , braz rosewood , some looks pretty, some looks plain. , but the super braz wood is that was pretty & aged over time to
    look plain. very interesting.
     
  18. Clint

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    If plain = historically correct looking then you are right. They may not have started this way but every one I've seen in BOTB have very dark strain-grained fretboards which is what folks are looking for. It's just a cosmetic thing IMO.
    BTW the Wildwood braz boards I've seen look WAY better than the 2003 boards, not to mention the CME one above (post #263). The CME top don't look too bad, though.
     
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