I had a sig T with a grenadillo fretboard, definitely denser than rosewood.. more towards ebony, lovely bright edge.. I liked it a lot but my 2002 standard turned up so some other lucky soul is now playing it
I have 3 2016's that are fantastic (Tribute 60's SG Junior and Les Paul Junior) and a 2002 Les Paul Standard that is absolutely beautiful so... I think there are good and bad in all years.. I was able to try them out.. but its so difficult when you need to buy online... good luck in your search
1960 Melody Maker from Belgium (I live in England) ... I paid £2000 and it is ... I’m pleased to say an awesome tone machine. I bought it through Reverb... not sure if they would have helped me out if it was a dud in any way
I have a 1960 Melody Maker that has an excellent Brazilian Fretboard, however when comparing it to my 2016 Gibson Junior apart from the aesthetics of age, I wouldn’t say there was a huge difference in feel.