Posted 23 January 2012 - 06:44 AM
My own feeling is that I'm certain I couldn't tell just by listening to an instrument whether the fingerboard was made from a solid blank of rosewood or two thinner slabs stuck together.
I'm not a believer in the 'Brazillian is Best' camp. Personally, I'm not going to dismiss a laminated board never having experienced the product first-hand.
If the adoption of this process allows Gibson to make Les Pauls that sound exactly like a Les Paul should sound then that's OK by me.
A lot of people didn't like the idea of a baked-maple fingerboard but those who have tried (and bought) them are 100% in favour of the choice of wood.
I found this bit, slightly further down the page, very noteworthy regarding U.S. sources of rosewood;
"Many trees not originally native to the United States have been growing here for many years, including rosewood. We recently found a vendor with a good supply and were pleasantly surprised to find it was a beautiful, viable guitar tonewood. We also verified the chain of custody and sustainability through our legality and compliance review. Plentifully available in Florida and Southern California, and the same species once found only in the Amazon, these trees have met Gibson's sustainability and legality compliance standards."