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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by FatStrat70, Apr 21, 2018.
Hey! What do you think of indian laurel fretboards? Maintenance and playability?
First I've ever heard of laurel being used as a fretboard material.
Never heard of it before either
Fender has started to use laurel instead of rosewood.
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I like it. I've seen some incredible grain patterns on it. Truth be told, I like it more than than ugly reddish PF. Maybe some of the Wood guys will check in...
This is a look only a mother could love.
I thought Fender was using Pau Ferro instead of rosewood now?
Larrivee amongst other high quality guitar builders have used Indian Laurel, when curly it looks beautiful almost like Koa. As I understand Fender has started using it as fretboard material on some Squier guitars. I know I've seen standards with that fretboard.
Think they’ll ever use synthetics like Martin do on some of their acoustics? IMO they’re awful.
Seems more like Fender tries it's best to build their guitars out of wood like they always have done, and even now when taking the rosewood out of the equation to some degree there are still other woods out there that are accessible, cheap and look the part for the most. But sure they are like Gibson a big manufacturer and always try to build as consistent as possible so that they don't suffer a big loss on the count of having to discard actual wood because they don't look good etc so the possibility is out there that Fender might someday start using synthetic materials.
My biggest issue is when it comes to refretting and repair jobs. I've seen pictures, read and heard stories that prove working with materials such as richlite or micarta isn't that easy, these materials are very heat sensitive. So you have to be extra careful when refretting, using heat on the frets or changing a richlite bridge on an acoustic guitar. They can catch fire, change appearance due to heat etc
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If Ebony and Rosewood can stand up to 48 years of minimal maintenance and still retain playability, you should have no problem. I never do any maintenance of my 3 ebony boards or 3 rosewood boards. And guess what they have zero impact on sound, so why worry about pau ferro, indian laurel, jatoba, panga panga, or merbau. They are likely Asian woods. Fender isn't worried about it, but they are just letting you know.
You'll get more out of practicing the instrument than worrying about wood species. Just be happy it's wood, because it could be resin from recycled materials like richlite (I do recycle my cardboard), carbon fiber($$$$), or some other material from the future.
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