Post by manXcat on Aug 5, 2019 0:10:34 GMT
Better get used to it. With few exceptions everyone is changing fingerboard material due to CITES. e.g. Cort are using Ovangkol, Jatoba, Merbau and others. Gibson Pau Ferro, Fender Indian Laurel, Ibanez 'fried' NZ Pine even in models at price points where I'd expect much better. With the exceptions of the coloured 'thermally treated' and techno 'woods', nearly all of those are a lighter shade and or different grain to traditional Rosewood. Yamaha is still currently sticking with Rosewood causing all kinds of mayhem in delivery IME, but for how long? Harley Benton is currently all over the place at present, even within a specific model as new suppliers and batches evolve. e.g. Blackwood, 'Roseacer', Jatoba. Rosewood is finished except in higher end, and for mail order you can forget it unless within country so there is no border CITES administrative entry approval proof of certification or reprocessing required.
I get the aesthetic thing, but what do you want your guitar for? To play it or pose with it? My (Vietnamese production) SC Custom delivered about a year ago came with a 'fried' maple fingerboard. Even though it looks good and plays well and I am very happy with it, I'd have preferred Jatoba as they come supplied (from China again) now. Prior to all the CITES kerfuffle, they used to come with a traditional Rosewood fingerboard, which I'd have liked even more. But, those days are gone.
If I had to choose between 'fried', 'ersatz' or Jatoba, I'd take a natural wood in Jatoba every time. Have a look at the latest Epiphone SG G400 Pro on Thomann and then go to Epiphone's site and check the images of the same model there. Both specify a Pau Ferro fingerboard. Methinks a bit of creative Photoshop-ing going on at Epiphone's site -or old images. I know which image of the current production model I believe is probably the more truthfully representative.