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SIXSTRING63's picture
upstate New York
May 2008
2 weeks ago


Just watched this video with "The Monkey Lord" ( Rob "Chappers" Chapman ) who is doing a demo of the new Les Paul Classic Custom with a baked maple fretboard instead of rosewood (we all know the issues with Gibson and the rosewood imports). Chappers loves it and likes the tone better than the rosewood fretboard. Maple is just as hard and more stable. Maybe this is the way of the new Gibson but who cares if it works and sounds good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf61M3lBraY

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davido's picture
La Grange, Texas
Oct 2007
Today

long video 24 minutes but funny, they make it sound good,

gibby will probably move overseas ...

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mikedem's picture
Ottawa, Ontario
Jan 2010
Today

I love the Chappers and Andertons video's on YT. Funny as hell but very good reviews. It would be interesting to see if the majority of players like it, if so it might be just the thing to get them out of this rosewood BS.

Dreamcruiser's picture
Michigan
Jun 2008
11 months ago

Great looking new Gibson's.....It took them over three minutes before they got into what the video was about which was a bummer, but a good concept and was the right thing to do for Gibson.

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bigg's picture
Cincinnati.Ohio, United States
Sep 2009
Today

The use of Lemon oil on the necks was interesting. I was told years ago that its use is not a good idea, now I'm not sure:D Garry

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Jody1985's picture
North Yorkshire, UK
Jun 2009
5 months ago

What is lemon oil for outside of just making a neck darker?

Correct me if I sound stupid here ... but ... What possible difference would the fretboard make. They said afterwards one is chambered, the other isnt, I can see how that would work towards a diff sound, but there is crucially a fret inbetween the pickups and where the string touches the fretboard? To me it would make more sense if the frets were made out of something different rather than the fretboard. Unless its made of cheese or something.

Btw Six, when can we expect your demo of these? :D

DonNorman's picture
From St. Pete, Fl. now live in Jamundi Colombia
Mar 2010
8 months ago

thanks for the post Mike, I was looking for a review of the new fretboards the other week and couldn't find anything. Funny video but it looks like a way for Gibson to pull it's feet out of the fire if everyone else accepts it like they did. And $1,900 is pretty decent for a good LP. Me..... I'm pretty sure I'll be stuck in Epiphonalandia forever, but that's ok I like Epi's

...... I am itchin' for an LP though...... have to wait and see what Santa thinks lol

eblues's picture
Riverview, Florida
Jun 2009
3 days ago

First thing I wondered was how players would react to an unproven method in regards to long term reliability, but the boys put that to rest as well...

TelePaul's picture
Killeen/Fort Hood, Texas
May 2009
Today
Originally Posted by Jody1985

... What possible difference would the fretboard make.

I may be completely wrong here, but it seems to me from playing guitars with maple or rosewood fretboards is that maple tends to produce a slightly 'brighter' sound than does rosewood. That was also a printed description of the difference between Fender Strats with maple or rosewood that I read somewhere.

I have no idea why the fretboard would have anything to do with the sound though. Like I said - I may be completely wrong, but personal experience with my guitars (Telecaster with blond maple and Les Paul with rosewood) seems to support that theory.

Jody1985's picture
North Yorkshire, UK
Jun 2009
5 months ago
Originally Posted by TelePaul

I may be completely wrong here, but it seems to me from playing guitars with maple or rosewood fretboards is that maple tends to produce a slightly 'brighter' sound than does rosewood. That was also a printed description of the difference between Fender Strats with maple or rosewood that I read somewhere.

I have no idea why the fretboard would have anything to do with the sound though. Like I said - I may be completely wrong, but personal experience with my guitars (Telecaster with blond maple and Les Paul with rosewood) seems to support that theory.

Thats what they said too, it must be right, its hard to see why though. I mean, the way I see it you teeeeechnically wouldnt even need a fretboard, you just need to hold the string behind the fret, it could just be a cavity there ... I mean you'd have a bit of a whammy problem lol, but theoretically yeah?

SIXSTRING63's picture
upstate New York
May 2008
2 weeks ago


The fretboard will make a difference in tone. When the note is fretted and played the string vibrates and transfers that vibration through the fret-fingerboard-neck-body and the other end the saddle-bridge-posts-body. When a guitar has a loose fret that note is very dull with no resonance. That is why a good tight fret joint pressed down to the surface of the board and a radius in the fret to match the board is essential to a good ringing tone when struck. Thus the density of board material has a lot to do with resonance and attack in the tone. I can hear the difference in a Strat with a maple board over a Strat with a rosewood board. Maple board is brighter and snappier to me and rosewood is darker and warmer sounding. In a Les Paul I think it would be fine as they are dark to begin with with all the mahogany in the body and neck.

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