Is my 2019 R7 Bolivian or East Indian Rosewood? Help!

Stib66

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Lovely goldtop. I have only seen Bolivian on the 60th anniversary R9s and it had a darker and more uniform colour, compared to most Indian rosewood. I would assume this is indian.
 

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I would say as do some of our friends here that whatever it is, it needs a good clean and a couple of nice light oilings as it does seem dry and over time it will look much better.
When I got my current Lester the board looked sad but over the years I have applied very small amounts oil and it looks lovely now
 

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Rosewood from India seems to be all over the map... a lot of it looks similar to what you have, but I have 60th Anniversary '59 that has a very uniformly dark fingerboard with very tight grain. It's darker and tighter than my (actual) '67 SG Standard... Gibson's build sheet for the Les Paul says it's Indian though.
 

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This is Indian RW, Bolivian ist much more dense. Take a look to the pores, they are quite large - typical for Indian Rosewood. Saddle: This is typical laquer application. Remove it if it does bother you.
 

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Call Gibson Customer Service. they can tell you exactly what it is!
 

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Really, what diff does it make of the provenance of the rosewood? Just play the damn thing. Sheesh...
 

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Call Gibson...I had the same question with my 2019 Anniversary ....they confirmed it was Indian
 

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I had a 60th Bolivian and didn’t like it at all. Not sure if it was an allergic reaction or what, but got rid of it as fast as I could
 

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Did you have a reaction to the wood?

I get the same with Cocobolo dust and Brazillian if its freshly worked ...

if its oiled or older its not bothersome ...

this sensativity is documented and a little rare,,.
its more a respiratory issue if you breath the sawdust
 

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I have a friend with a Brazilian, she lightly oils it regularly, it's still in great shape after many years of use, and my fingers have never developed any kind of allergic reaction to it.
 

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The Bolivian rosewood Gibson used in some of the 2019 was absolutely amazing. It was like playing a dark brown ebony board. Super smooth. Some of them, maybe because of this stigma Pau Ferro gets, were significantly darker than the average Indian Rosewood. If I were to get another R9, I’d probably try to hunt down one of those Bolivian Boards 2019 R9’s.
 

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I "heard"" that a lot of them went to Europe...

not sure ...
 


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