NGD - Black Panther

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by LivCo, Feb 5, 2020.

  1. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I am unaware of this. There are several Panthers listed on the database of the GDP forum, including 6 2013 models. All of them are listed as having rosewood fretboards. Maybe forum member @tartanphantom can shed some light on this?
  2. Defib Tim

    Defib Tim Electromatic

    Dec 3, 2018
    Sydney Australia
    When I got it I assumed it was rosewood that had been stained up. But I got on the net & found that apparently they did a run with ebony & mine was within the serial no. range. However I'm no Gretsch expert, just relaying what I found.
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  3. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    Congrats on the nice score, LivCo!
  4. LivCo

    LivCo Electromatic

    Sep 10, 2015
    So I looked at the board again - I’m now convinced it’s ebony. Looks like macassar ebony perhaps; there’s a brown streak and it has the tight grain and small pores of ebony. It’s a 2013 model, so there’s some additional evidence in support.

    I dig it, though I doubt that it will have all that much impact on my clunky tone. Only some more practice will help that.
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  5. Zeek

    Zeek Synchromatic

    May 29, 2016
    Illinos USA
    Wow, just beautiful, Congrads
  6. rob batz

    rob batz Synchromatic

    Apr 17, 2014
    Bristol ct.
    Good for u getting the guitar u really wanted !!!!
  7. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Sure looks like ebony.
  8. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Friend of Fred

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
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  9. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    My fingerboard is dark also I think it’s ebonized rosewood. When I first got mine my fingers turned black when I played it. I also changed my bridge base to ebony
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  10. Aymara

    Aymara Friend of Fred

    Jul 6, 2013
    For those of you, who want a darker fretboard without ebonizing it ... just oil it.

    But only use colorless fretboard oils like Duesenberg Fingerboard Lotion or colorless oils for woodwind instruments, because the typical yellowish fretboard oils will cause a yellow cast in the snow white binding !!!

    I learned that the hard way by using Planet Waves Oil ... thankfully I saw it early enough, so that only a small binding area developed a color cast.
  11. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    That is a great catch, an awesome guitar. Congratulations!
  12. floeighty2

    floeighty2 Gretschie

    Oct 1, 2014
    Panthers are very, very cool! Lovely stuff!
  13. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Times two!
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