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    Brazilian rosewood stock years

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    When was the Brazilian Rosewood discontinued as the stock wood for fretboards in Les Pauls ? I am trying to find the info, but I donīt find it.
    Thanks !

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    Re: Brazilian rosewood stock years

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    AFAIK Gibson stopped purchasing Braz. in 1966, but who knows how long the stock lasted?
    The fretboard on my '67 ES330 looks very Brazilian, almost black with dark red streaks. Could be Madagascar, too.

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    Re: Brazilian rosewood stock years

    It was May 31st 2003.........the last date for production of any Gibson guitar with a Braz fret board.
    You can still get braz though with Historic Makeovers if you send your LP to them.

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    Re: Brazilian rosewood stock years

    Quote Originally Posted by goldtop0 View Post
    It was May 31st 2003.........the last date for production of any Gibson guitar with a Braz fret board.
    You can still get braz though with Historic Makeovers if you send your LP to them.
    For the Kalamazoo made Gibson's, late '67 was when they switched over to East Indian Rosewood. Madagascar Rosewood wasn't used until the current ownership of Gibson started making Custom shop and Acoustic Division guitars.

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    Re: Brazilian rosewood stock years

    Quote Originally Posted by goldtop0 View Post
    It was May 31st 2003.........the last date for production of any Gibson guitar with a Braz fret board.
    You can still get braz though with Historic Makeovers if you send your LP to them.

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    Re: Brazilian rosewood stock years

    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    For the Kalamazoo made Gibson's, late '67 was when they switched over to East Indian Rosewood. Madagascar Rosewood wasn't used until the current ownership
    Thanks for that information
    Do you know if it is true that Gibson did not acquire any Braz. Rosewood after 1965, though? So this must have been left over stock they used until the end of 1967.

    This is the board on my '67 ES-330. I was not able to capture it on the pictures, but it is almost black and has dark red streaks.




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    Re: Brazilian rosewood stock years

    Quote Originally Posted by mofis64 View Post
    Hi.
    When was the Brazilian Rosewood discontinued as the stock wood for fretboards in Les Pauls ? I am trying to find the info, but I donīt find it.
    Thanks !
    Gibson for whatever reason pulled their official post and hence this link (below) is now broken however I saved an exact copy of the Gibson official post and I also paste it below:

    No Brazilians after these 2003 until 2017 in limited release

    Gibson’s Forum

    Brazilian Rosewood Serial Number Guide
    2001: there was a run of Brazilian R9s in the range 91203-91250 (91201 and 91202 only come up as Les Paul Classics for me). within this range, the following numbers do NOT have Brazilian Rosewood according to my info: 91236, 91230, 91220, 91217, 91215, 91214, 91209, 91207, 91206.
    Also, 911007 comes up as an R9 with brazilian.
    2002: 8 R9s, in the range 92038-92045
    2003:
    1954 Reissue, ranging from 43001-43150
    -within this range of numbers, 37 are ’54 Black Beautys
    -43001-43006 are 1-pickup ’54 Goldtops that went to Dave’s Guitar in WI. i am assuming these got BR
    1956 Reissue, ranging from 63001-63148
    -the only exception here is that number 63126 does not exist as far as i can tell
    1957 Reissue, ranging from 73010-73707
    -numbers below 73010 either have 2002 specs (73001, 73005, 73006, 73007), are prototypes (R7:73004; LP Junior: 73002, 73003) or do not exist
    -within this range, 231 are 2 or 3 pickup ’57 Black Beautys
    -26 are LP Juniors
    -73431-73438 do not exist
    1958 Reissue, ranging from 83001-83256
    -83001-83008 are prototypes (83001-83004, 83007, 83008), and 2 of these are LP Juniors (83005, 83006). 83009 is a quilt top R8 that went to Guitar Center
    -within this range 29 are LP Juniors
    -1 is a korina explorer
    -83046, 83047, and 83087 do not exist
    1959 Reissue, ranging from 93001-93674
    -93001-93006 are prototypes
    -93008 has 2002 specs
    -3 are korina Flying Vs
    1960 Reissue, ranging from 03001-03163
    -03001-03010 are prototypes (except for 03007 (not a proto) and 03002 (2002 specs)), and 2 of these are LP Specials
    -it appears that 03007 DOES have BR
    -within this range, 21 are LP Specials
    -48 are non-Historic GC ’60 LPs, none of which have BR
    Gary Rossington SG
    -13001-13075 have Brazilian Rosewood

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