Baked Maple Fingerboard?

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  1. vai777

    vai777 Member

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    Huh...feds must have gotten ALL the rosewood.

    Wildwood Guitars | Gibson
     
  2. LPaddicted

    LPaddicted Senior Member

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    What's "baked maple" ?
    On google image I only get image of food :wow:
     
  3. 87Standard

    87Standard Senior Member

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    Or they're just saving the dwindling supply for their higher-end guitars... :)
     
  4. The Refugee

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    They are still using rosewood.

    Just beginning to transition into obeche and baked maple as well.
     
  5. vai777

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    heat treated maple for more stability and a darker color....Suhr and Anderson use it for necks...though they use different names
     
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    budg Senior Member

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    Fender has been using Maple boards for years. I would be curious to play one , but I bet it plays nice.I have a pao ferro board that plays and looks nice.
     
  7. vai777

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    why not just put ebony on everything
     
  8. 87Standard

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    :laugh2:
     
  9. rjshare

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    i like how they are now calling it "baked" rather than "torrefied."

    i guess they got sick of people asking what the maple was terrified of :laugh2:
     
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    It's getting harder to source legally. It was never a cheap wood anyway, and I imagine the scarcity is making it even pricier.

    That got me thinking: Gibson got in trouble in 2009 because the Feds accused them of illegally importing ebony, and the government even seized quite a bit of wood during the raid that has never been returned. That hasn't stopped Gibson from continuing to make guitars with ebony fretboards. After the most recent raid, the fear has been that Gibson is going to stop making guitars with rosewood fretboards. As with the prior raid, I doubt that is going to happen. It does seem, however, that Gibson is investigating other woods for use since it may be harder to source decent rosewood and ebony.
     
  11. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    "baked maple" sounds delicious! I want a scone now.
     
  12. vai777

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    Fender makes rosewood boards...warmoth has rosewood coming out their $%$# and just about every other guitar maker on the planet has rosewood. You are telling me Gibson can't get any rosewood? None? Hell there is rosewood on the epiphones!!!!!
     
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    i doubt that many other manufacturers turn out as many rosewood board guitars as gibson do. i cant see warmoth selling several thousand necks every week for example. fender use predominantly maple boards and epis are made in china.

    also, as far as i know there isnt a problem with sourcing rosewood, its importing it to the usa from india that is causing the problem. epi dont have that problem as it is going from india to china and then shipped to the us as a complete guitar. the whole problem that has blown up is down to the us authorities enforcing an indian law that india themselves apparently arent fussed about. i doubt that the chinese government will cause the same kind of problems at quingdao.

    all gibson need to do to have rosewood boards is get the indians to build the guitar - only then your gibson will no longer have "made in usa" stamped on the headstock.
     
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    I'd rather buy/play an all-American Les Paul with a baked maple board than have Gibson send the fingerboard finishers' jobs over to India just so the corksniffers can have their rosewood boards.
     
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    I just wanna say that top is GORGEOUS

    So stop looking at the damn board.
     
  17. vai777

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    since when does fender use maple boards more than rosewood...I'm pretty sure they use rosewood more often than maple and they sell A LOT more guitars than Gibson simply due to price.
     
  18. Job-Job type Job

    Job-Job type Job Senior Member

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    I'm not a big fan of the color of the baked maple board. It's too bright for me (in the photos I've seen). But, could be the standard to come.
     
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    Sounds like Juszkiewicz is baked himself.:wow::wow::wow:
     
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    I agree about the color. I think they need to change the recipe to add a few more hours of baking time. The "baked maple" looks a little under cooked...:laugh2:
     

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