What wood do I have on my fretboard?

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by aanstadt, Jul 20, 2021.

  1. aanstadt

    aanstadt Electromatic

    95
    May 13, 2021
    Atlanta
    Hey everyone! I’m not very good at this and was hoping one might be able to help. I bought a G5420gt White and Gold hollow body Electromatic second hand. I want to clean it but am not 100% sure what wood I have on my fretboard. I am gonna guess rosewood but am not certain. I know you’re not supposed to use lemon oil on Maple so just want to be sure it’s not a maple fretboard. Are Maple fretboards ever dark like this one? Or are they always lighter in color?

    I’m not sure how to learn the specs of this specific guitar. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Cheers.
     

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  2. KreepyTeach

    KreepyTeach Electromatic

    81
    May 27, 2018
    Brooklyn, Ny
    It's probably rosewood. Was it built after 2016? I have a 2015 that's rosewood, but it has hump block markers
     
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  3. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Nice looking board. My '12 is an "ebonized" rosewood. Rosewood with an ebony stain.

    I really like and recommend "F-One" fret board conditioner and cleaner. Works well and will leave the board looking NICE.
     
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  4. KreepyTeach

    KreepyTeach Electromatic

    81
    May 27, 2018
    Brooklyn, Ny
    Maple is usually the only type of lacquered fretboard
     
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  5. KreepyTeach

    KreepyTeach Electromatic

    81
    May 27, 2018
    Brooklyn, Ny
    The serial number might say KS then the year (16) followed by month XX. The last 4 digits is the number of your model made during that month I think.

    So KS16035478 would mean Korea Samic? March 2016 # 5478
     
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  6. aanstadt

    aanstadt Electromatic

    95
    May 13, 2021
    Atlanta
    Not sure what year it is. Is there a way to know by the serial number?
     
  7. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Rosewood.
    I used lemon oil on my 5420T fretboard now and again. Kept it real nice.
     
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  8. aanstadt

    aanstadt Electromatic

    95
    May 13, 2021
    Atlanta
    Okay this would mean it was made in 2018. Thank you so much
     
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  9. aanstadt

    aanstadt Electromatic

    95
    May 13, 2021
    Atlanta
    Sadly I already bought some Dunlop lemon oil and the Dunlop guitar and polish cleaner for the body. I’ll make sure to try this one next. Thanks so much
     
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  10. aanstadt

    aanstadt Electromatic

    95
    May 13, 2021
    Atlanta
    Is there a way you know of to learn all the specs of the guitar by the serial number? Gretsch have a customer service that could help?
     
  11. KreepyTeach

    KreepyTeach Electromatic

    81
    May 27, 2018
    Brooklyn, Ny
    That binding on those models is so classic. I decided to save $200 and buy the old version when they revamped these in 2016.

    I should have just gotten that model. More wood instead of larger acrylic fret markers
     
  12. aanstadt

    aanstadt Electromatic

    95
    May 13, 2021
    Atlanta
    What year is your G5420t?
     
  13. KreepyTeach

    KreepyTeach Electromatic

    81
    May 27, 2018
    Brooklyn, Ny
    I believe that's the current model if you look it up on any retailer for a new 5420. Or even the Gretsch site will have the information on their product page
     
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  14. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Most recommend against actual lemon oil on any fretboard. The lemon oil fretboard treatments from guitar folks like Dunlop are not true Lemon oil and are ok to use.
     
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  15. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    2018.
    They all have rosewood.
    Ebony only comes on the fancier Japanese models.
     
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  16. aanstadt

    aanstadt Electromatic

    95
    May 13, 2021
    Atlanta
    Okay good to know. You scared me for a second there. Before I read that the Dunlop one is safe to use. I just bought it. Thanks so much for tour help
     
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  17. aanstadt

    aanstadt Electromatic

    95
    May 13, 2021
    Atlanta
    Great thank you. This was my guess but wanted a little more confirmation.
     
  18. dlew919

    dlew919 Country Gent

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    Just a touch of lemon oil or mineral oil will keep that board nice. Lemon oil is just scented mineral oil.
    Also, get a jewellers cloth (aka silver cloth) and clean the frets. Then get a bit of leather and polish them with it. Hardens the frets, keeps them smooth. And with a properly oiled board, you’ll have a neck that you won’t want to put down.
     
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  19. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Yup, good info. I read of people thinking lemon juice is lemon oil...:eek:
     
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  20. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    I am partial to food grade mineral oil. Perfect safe for anyone to use, no chemicals, and less expensive than "guitar products". A few dollars will get you a lifetime supply. You can get it at some grocery or hardware stores as well.
     
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