Gibson 1959 60th: how can you tell which is Bolivian or Indian Rosewood???

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Sorry for my ignorance but how can one tell? Is there a special serial number to look for or is it simply by the look of it? :wtf:
 

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Guess I am out of the loop lately. When did they start using Bolivian over Indian?
 

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You should be able to tell by the grain but this FB option was primarily chosen to make life easy for export / import in to other markets.

I am also sure Gibson Customer Service can confirm if you send a pic & Serial No.

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Just ordered a custom shop guitar through a Canadian dealer. The Pao Farro (Bolivian R) is indicated on the SKU. Also, at this time, seems only ‘59 Les Pauls affected...all other models seemed only to be Indian R
 

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Bolivian is available as an option for people whom wish to obtain the guitar outside of the united states or need to follow CITES regulations. Really not a big deal at all. Indian Rosewood is the standard used fretboard wood for the reissue guitars.

Here is a recent thread discussing such.
https://www.mylespaul.com/threads/gibson-cs-2019-60th-anniversary-1959-les-paul-“bolivian”.424224/

I'm surprised you're not informated about this @HIDDEN From your posts, you seem to know a lot of people and info about dealers/guitars, dispite being a new member of less than 10 days.
 

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^ knowing much doesnt mean I know it all...:slap:
 

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Just ordered a custom shop guitar through a Canadian dealer. The Pao Farro (Bolivian R) is indicated on the SKU. Also, at this time, seems only ‘59 Les Pauls affected...all other models seemed only to be Indian R
Thanks Goldtone
How is it indicated?
 

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Believe it or not with an asterisk footnoted with reference to Bolivian
 

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When my friend orders from local distributor, he was told 5 colors are rosewood and other 5 have bolivian.
Rosewood: Cherry Teaburst, Factory burst, Green lemon Fade, Souther Fade, Slow Ice Tea Fade
I would not think Gibson divide fretboard wood by color but this is what we got here.
 

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smell the guitar. If the board smells of chutney/marsala mix, it's indian rosewood....:D
 

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Smell the guitar, if you feel stupid after that's normal.
 


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