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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by goostah, Sep 22, 2020.
Indeed, one of my favorite movies! Not my favorite reality though.
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
See, now that's just pretty.
and I'm all out of gum...
There's nothing wrong with that!
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.
I actually like Pau Ferro also!
Thanks Glen , but stupid me .... is this a natural wood or synthetic ? It's just that I've never heard the term before . ( Guess that's why I was an electrician years ago and not a carpenter )
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All woods have a variance. That's what I love about wood
Love them all.
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.
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.