Richlite For Fretboards: Opinions? Experience?

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  1. Winspear

    Winspear Tom Winspear Vendor

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    Used to live in the next town to him. I never did check it out, but I imagine it's quite similar. I do know it is around twice the price of richlite from what I remember
     
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    KnightBrolaire unofficial sso pickup tester

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    the sundari stuff basically feels like wood, different texture to it than richlite. it's a better choice if you want a wood substitute that looks/feels more like wood.
     
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    I'm all for wood-alternatives simply from an eco standpoint. Anyone ever see a scalloped richlite board or have a picture of one?
     
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    Winspear Tom Winspear Vendor

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    Will be uploading hi res videos of this build process in the luthiery forum soon. Here's a screencap:

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    I've used Richlite which was actually given to me by @Cloudy a year or two ago. While i thought it was a cool material the dust stunk so bad. I recently used paperstone which is similar but must use a different phenolic resin because it doesnt smell compared to richlite. I'll be using paperstone for some prototype builds i've got planned.

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    Ask and you shall receive! Thanks for sharing, I'll be on a lookout for your video!
     
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    Bobo SS.org Regular

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    Is it anything like Purpleheart? I just cut some PH for the first time awhile back, thought a dog had laid a turd nearby :fullofit:

    Just got some of the jet black Richlite myself for my Summer Challenge build :cheers:
     
  8. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire unofficial sso pickup tester

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    richlite smells like burning plastic/hair. It's easily the worst part about working with it.
     
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    I have one guitar with it and I had bought one guitar with it that was broken in transit and had to return it. On the broken guitar it was all shiny and jet black. On the guitar I still have it's more Matt and not as jet black as the previous example. It depends on the polishing I assume. Feels great and smooth and no maintenance and fret sprout is great too!
    I'd say go for it!
     
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    I havent worked much with purpleheart because i heard it just dulls tools like none other. but yea it def stinked something fierce
     
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    All these funky smells, why can't everything smell like my roasted ash body...it's so nice.

    Guess I'm gonna stock up on some strong air fresheners for the stinky projects lol.
     
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    For as much as I prefer synthetic boards, I never see much posted about having a material prized for its insensitivity to climatic changes glued to wood that will flex and shift according to the whims of the environment. I’ve personally experienced no problems to do with this mating, but I’m curious to read any anecdotes. I know Moses Graphite used to post about being careful to match their necks with phenolic boards of equal rigidity, but never saw pitfall-examples of lesser-quality synthetics outside of “hold my beer”-quality DIY projects.
     
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    i know this hasn't been mentioned, but blackwood tek is great too. Working with it , it smells like coffee. It's still wood. Stable too. And pitch black.
     
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    Well there's always Flaxwood...

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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    It doesn't really seem to be an issue.

    Modulus built guitars and basses with wood parts (fretboards, neck pieces, body wings, etc.) glued up to composites for decades, same with Status, Vigier, and even Cortek. I'm sure if one of those Richlite boarded LPCs would have separated, or had other issues, the internet would surely know about it and give Gibson shit. :lol:

    Even in "all wood" construction pieces expand and contract differently. That's why choice of glue is so important.
     
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    Webmaestro Ibanez Fanatic Contributor

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    Tom pretty much answered your question with his screencap, but FYI my project will have frets 20 - 24 scalloped.
     
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    Zebra wood/zebrano smells like a dairy farm, to me. :lol:
     
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    Webmaestro Ibanez Fanatic Contributor

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    Okay, someone totally needs to create a funny infographic of what all these woods smell like when they're being worked.
     
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    bocote smells kind of like pickles.
     
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    I'll say, I'm not only making fretboards from richlite. I imagine it's going to be producing 10-20x as much dust in my workshop as anything ever before. I'm well accustomed to milling large amounts of bone and horn in bulk which are unpleasant, but my nose immediately regretted my decision to commit to richlite so wholly :lol:
     

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