Thoughts on this fretboard?

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It's good that the process is automated for accuracy and speed. But, sounds like it missed 5-10 mins of sanding, which with frets and everything on a finished guitar takes 3x more time.

The result is not acceptable for any $2000+ guitar. Just pay $50/hour for someone to check the instruments before they ship... one $50/h person can inspect multiple instruments in one hour. Another $50/h person can fix whatever is missing or kick back to production before it ships. No excuses on a $2500+ guitar, sorry.
 

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Someone didn't replace their divots.
Can you feel those low spots when playing?
No, believe it or not, I cant feel them when playing..... but I dont have much feeling in my index finger anyway. Cut the end off several years ago and had it reattached. The Doc said “I’ll tell ya how to keep that from happening again, never put your finger where you wouldn’t put your dick”. Sound advice lol.
 

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My 2020 ES-335 has a “rough” board straight from the factory... dry too. It’s feels noticeable but not terrible - Gibson has a tendency to leave tool marks on their boards (probably a poor production process they never fix). Interestingly, Phil McKnight of Know Your Gear had the exact same comment on his video or his new 335. I guess I will eventually give it a light steel wool sanding/oil next time I change strings.
You will never see this on ANY PRS guitar (I think PRS has much more refined production process than Gibson).
My 2020 ES-335 pictures next to my 2017 PRS McCarty 594 (they both need an oiling but you can see how much more refined the PRS board is - perhaps a better quality of rosewood too).

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I agree 100%. I’ve got a PRS Core Custom 24. Fret boards are not even comparable. PRS has nicer fret boards, hands down.
 

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Would be great to see a pic of the guitar you kept.
 

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If you’re talking to me....
Well originally it was for the OP because he only posted pics of the fretboard. I wanted to see the whole guitar so I can see what he decided to keep.
However, the more pics the merrier so thanks! I enjoy Les Paul porn. Is that the ice tea burst on a Standard 60's?
 

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Well originally it was for the OP because he only posted pics of the fretboard. I wanted to see the whole guitar so I can see what he decided to keep.
However, the more pics the merrier so thanks! I enjoy Les Paul porn. Is that the ice tea burst on a Standard 60's?
Wildwood select Standard 60’s. Heritage cherry. The group photo is best representation of the color.
 

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Wildwood select Standard 60’s. Heritage cherry. The group photo is best representation of the color.
Dang I knew it was cherry but figured I'd ask since I haven't seen the Standard 60's in that finish. Makes sense though coming from Wildwood. It's definitely a nice look.
 

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I agree with the consensus of opinion.
US $3K for a new guitar, I would like it to be pretty much perfect, just like any other item that one pays that much for.

If it was a 3K amp & the pots were "scratchy/noisy" or the inputs were loose, you'd take it back wouldn't you ?
 

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I purchased a few new Explorers, and the ‘boards were extremely, extremely dry. This seems to be a common occurrence with modern Gibsons…

…however, when played and cared fir a bit, they look great!

If the fretboard is noticeable enough to you to be a concern, return the guitar for one that has a less scaley fretboard wood. Otherwise, it will always bother you.
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normal? no idea, i have seen a few with similar looking boards. but thats a small percentage. it would bug me though. the fretboard is something i consider when buying!any guitar.

Here is my RO's after a lot of playing over the last year and a bit of ownership.

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I purchased a few new Explorers, and the ‘boards were extremely, extremely dry. This seems to be a common occurrence with modern Gibsons…

…however, when played and cared fir a bit, they look great!

If the fretboard is noticeable enough to you to be a concern, return the guitar for one that has a less scaley fretboard wood. Otherwise, it will always bother you. View attachment 560119
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Try Stewmac"s website, they have all sorts of "how to" videos & advice, yes, your fretboard does look like it needs a good oil to be applied, maybe a few applications of Lemon Oil ?
 

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Oh, those pics are from a handful of years ago, when I purchased the Explorers. I’ve since applied conditioner from FretDoctor.

In the last picture, you can see the left two frets had the conditioner applied, and the frets on the right were as the guitar was received.
 

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slightly off topicish, but is there actually anything wrong with a 'dry' fretboard? One of my ML's looks bone dry, but i am leaving it as is at mo. Wonder why the recent boards look dry? is it too young maybe? or has it simply dried out? I don't know.
 

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slightly off topicish, but is there actually anything wrong with a 'dry' fretboard? One of my ML's looks bone dry, but i am leaving it as is at mo. Wonder why the recent boards look dry? is it too young maybe? or has it simply dried out? I don't know.
I agree they look lighter and I think it's because it's a different species.
 


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