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Are Brazilian boards from student Gibsons ever removed for use in other guitars?

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Weird question. I have a ‘63 SG Junior that I love dearly. Really great guitar. I’m pretty sure the body is the only original part.  Even the he fingerboard is non-original.  It’s clearly been replaced with a different non-Braz rosewood board.  Just curious why that might have happened in this guitar’s past. Maybe there was a needed repair.  But I’m wondering if the LP conversion crowd ever removes boards from juniors and melody makers for use in Les Pauls.  Anyone have any idea?

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Yes.  Everything usable has been cannibalized for forgeries.

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3 hours ago, cmatthes said:

Yes.  Everything usable has been cannibalized for forgeries.

I'll second that.  One of my "Les Pauls" built by Chris Lukasik has the board and inlays from a Les Paul Recording.  Headstock was broken and parts were gone.  I bought the carcass for $150.  Nicest inlays and board I own.

 

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Could have been a broken or frozen truss rod and the original fingerboard split or snapped when removed to get to the troubled rod's channel. Who knows. Who cares really. If you have a good slab of properly cut, properly installed and fretted, and naturally-oily rosewood, you're not being held back by its non-hoohoo country of origin.

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I'm surprised that old Harmony and Kay guitars haven't been harvested for their fretboards as well, that thought has crossed my mind more than once.

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18 minutes ago, crunchee said:

I'm surprised that old Harmony and Kay guitars haven't been harvested for their fretboards as well, that thought has crossed my mind more than once.

They may have had shorter scales. 

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2 hours ago, crunchee said:

I'm surprised that old Harmony and Kay guitars haven't been harvested for their fretboards as well, that thought has crossed my mind more than once.

I have a luthier friend taking old non playing Kay’s, Sear’s Harmony, etc and salvaging them by building new guitars out of them. Slow process but he enjoys it. I don’t know if he’s sold any of the finished guitars yet!!

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7 hours ago, kizanski said:

Non-hoohoo?

Not booteek or corksniffer and/or TGP approved. Better?

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There was an article many years ago in Vintage Guitar, where the author proposed there were more 1959 Les Pauls for sale each year than were ever built!

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I don’t care that it’s not the original board. I just can’t get over the thought that some idiot might have sacrificed this badass guitar for a vanity project. 

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