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Old 12-13-2011, 07:40 AM
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Default Neck humidification: ebony vs Richlite

Is Richlite more dimensionally stable against humidity variation than ebony for guitar fretboards? Related to this, for a guitar left on a stand but with an in-hole humidifier like the Oasis, does this provide sufficient neck humidification?
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:40 AM
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It's always been my understanding that drying and cracking of fretboards is best prevented by a few drops of lemon oil rubbed well in, once a year or so. There seem to be newfangled brand-name fretboard treatments out there now, but I imagine it's the same idea (somebody please correct me if I'm wrong). I wouldn't expect an in-hole humidifier to have any effect on the neck or fretboard.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:43 AM
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Richlite is a synthetic so its unlikely to be affected by humidity. I would actually be more concerned if the treatments for wood boards might damage or react with the Richlite.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:49 AM
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We use a lot of Phenolic materials in our biz. They are are formed under very high pressure and heat and are very stable when cured. I prefer ebony just because it's....um....wood. That being said I would not run from a manufactured
material on a fretboard.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:00 AM
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thanks. I was asking because the fretboard on my GPCPA3 is Richlite which has a fantastic feel imo.
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