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#1 User is offline   Vince Q 

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Posted 04 September 2018 - 02:12 PM

Does/will the Custom Shop replace the fretboard on my '56 VOS?

I had the fretboard on my '81 Deluxe replaced with ebony and I love it.
I want to replace the fretboard on my '56 with either ebony or African Blackwood, and I want the feel and playability to remain exactly as it is.

Besides, a black fretboard with the gold top is a beautiful combination.

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#2 User is offline   NighthawkChris 

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 09:21 AM

View PostVince Q, on 04 September 2018 - 02:12 PM, said:

Does/will the Custom Shop replace the fretboard on my '56 VOS?

I had the fretboard on my '81 Deluxe replaced with ebony and I love it.
I want to replace the fretboard on my '56 with either ebony or African Blackwood, and I want the feel and playability to remain exactly as it is.

Besides, a black fretboard with the gold top is a beautiful combination.


Give Gibson a call. I am betting your request can be fulfilled by them, but as I stated, it is best to inquire with them on the specifics.
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#3 User is offline   Vince Q 

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Posted 07 September 2018 - 08:08 AM

Wow! $1,650 for Gibson to replace a fretboard. Prohibitively expensive.
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Posted 07 September 2018 - 08:14 AM

View PostVince Q, on 07 September 2018 - 08:08 AM, said:

Wow! $1,650 for Gibson to replace a fretboard. Prohibitively expensive.


Yeah, there is a lot of work that needs to be done to remove a fretboard from a neck let alone replacement with a new one. Unless that guitar is something you can't live without and you want it to play great, I would think of some alternatives. I think that someone would have to essentially try to steam off the fretboard from the neck construction and all that too, so it's a skilled task I wouldn't just want anyone doing to my guitar...
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Posted 11 September 2018 - 04:23 PM

I recently had a fretboard replaced, a truss rod added and the neck carved down on a '82 Martin Custom HD28 Brazilian. $1400.
Jamonn Zeiler is very good. He's built a custom L00 for me and has built many guitars so I was not worried.
Turned out great.
He's in Indiana.
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Posted 12 September 2018 - 01:47 PM

I agree with what has been said previously. It's a bit of work to remove and replace a fretboard. I took one off a J30 to reset the neck and there was a significant amount of finish touch up. The J30 only had dot inlays (one of which went up in smoke), and re-installed the same fretboard not a replacement. That said, Gibson would be a logical but not inexpensive choice given the inlays.
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