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Are you speaking of the fretboard material, or the inlays?


I believe a 2012 Custom Shop LP would have an ebony fretboard. More recently a lot of CS guitars have richlite fretboards.

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It looks the same as my 355 Ebony. Here are my Specs, I'm thinking, in terms of the woodwork, they might be pretty much the same:




ES-355 Electric Guitar with Bigsby


  • Body dimensions: 16-1/2"W x 20"L x 2"D
  • Scale: 24-3/4"
  • Nut width: 1-11/16”


maple body


1-piece mahogany neck


ebony fretboard


24-3/4" scale length


two '57 Classic humbuckers


ABR-1 bridge


Bigsby vibrato


Grover tuners


gold hardware


multi-ply cream body binding


ebony finish







  • Laminated plain maple top, back, and rims
  • Multi-ply white/black binding on top and back
  • Gold hardware
  • Bigsby vibrato
  • 1-piece mahogany neck
  • 22-fret Richlite fingerboard
  • Mother of pearl block inlays
  • Single-ply white neck binding
  • 1960s slim taper neck profile
  • Grover kidney tuners
  • '57 Classic pickups
  • 2 volume, 2 tone, and 3-way selector switch






Hi guys, i try to figure it out what material is my fingerboard.

The Number of Serial of my guitar is CS 201271 :

This is the fretboard


this is my Gears


Thank you in advance.






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Mark, your specs list both ebony and richlite. If you really want to know, call Gibson with your serno and ask. However, the OP's pics don't look like ebony to me.


Here is why they switched: https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2011/08/31/140090116/why-gibson-guitar-was-raided-by-the-justice-department

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