Is Laurel Here to Stay??

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by goostah, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Indeed, one of my favorite movies! Not my favorite reality though. Screenshot_2020-09-22-17-51-08-1.png
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  2. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I have owned a couple Gretschs with Laurel boards. After sanding them down with 600 damp sandpaper, cleaning with Naphtha and treating with F-One they are not really any different than Rosewood.

    Laurel does not compare well with Ebony, what does? But it compares well with Rosewood.

    Two of my Laurel boards

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  3. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    See, now that's just pretty.
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  4. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    and I'm all out of gum...
  5. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    There's nothing wrong with that!
  6. goostah

    goostah Electromatic

    Jun 25, 2017
    OP here. I totally messed up my original post. It's actually Pau Ferro that I don't like. I had the Laurel / Pau Ferro CITES Rosewood alternatives mixed up in my mind.

    Anyway thanks for the insights here, Laurel looks quite nice and easy to treat.
  7. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I actually like Pau Ferro also!
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  8. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
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  9. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    I think this is a natural wood, but what is called a Laurel fingerboard might not be an actual member of the scientific named Laurel tree family. I suspect it may be an Indian “Laurel” variety but I don’t really know for sure. There is a native type of Laurel in CA and OR that is also called myrtlewood but has different colors. There is some mention of the Laurel in ancient mythology, and for wands in Harry Potter. I don’t think it is a synthetic, or Corinthian Naugahyde Laurel :)
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  10. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Thanks buddy
  11. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    There is a Bay laurel where bay leaves for cooking come from. Evergreen shrubs or small trees. I wonder iff that is what they are using.
  12. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    Just to put in my 2 cents, I have seen Pao Ferro, and Laurel fretboards that were extremely light, and others that would easily pass for rosewood. My preference is maple on a Strat, and rosewood or ebony on anything else.

    If all that should happen to go away, I'm sure I could adjust by finding guitars that simply sound "special" to my ears. The good news for me is that I have reached an age where i could just be happy with what I have.

    Of course, we often say that right before we buy another guitar. :D
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  13. Tadhg

    Tadhg Gretschie

    Aug 8, 2019
    Qld - Australia
    I've seen it listed elsewhere - and seen other manufacturers listing their guitars - as Indian Laurel. My expectation is that's what Gretsch/FMIC is using.
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  14. afire

    afire Country Gent

    One time I bought fresh bay leaves for cooking. It turns out they were Indian bay leaves, not laurel. My braised short ribs tasted like a menthol cigarette.
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  15. Gretschmen65

    Gretschmen65 Synchromatic

    May 20, 2016
    QLD Australia
    I've heard it referred to as Indian Laurel or Laurel Camphor. Perhaps the timber used forever in Camphorwood chests.

    I like the black walnut for feel and I'm sure the Laurel would feel similar. I understand that Laurel would be a cheaper option than walnut and guess that commercial factors are behind
    the use of Laurel over other alternatives.
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  16. HypotenusLuvTriangle

    HypotenusLuvTriangle Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2010
    Whittier, Ca
    I’ve seen light and dark rosewood as well. The rosewood on my iceman IC-400 is as very light and pinkish while myG5120 rosewood was darker reddish brown.

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  17. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    All woods have a variance. That's what I love about wood

    Ebony boards


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    Love them all.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2020
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  18. benderb9

    benderb9 Electromatic

    Dec 10, 2019
    Saint Petersburg, FL
    I bought a Gretsch G5237 Electromatic Double Jet FT Electric Guitar Surf Green and White I got from MF that has a Laurel FB ands it's sweet. The FB seems pretty hard maybe more like Maple than Rosewood in feel. The guitar is a winner.
  19. btek62

    btek62 Electromatic

    Sep 11, 2019
    I prefer the look of Indian Laurel massively over Pau Ferro. It's still somewhat inconsistent with some examples being indistinguishable from Rosewood like you guys have, and some looking much lighter, but I've found most of the ones I've come across to be totally fine.
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