#1
I love the feel of telecaster maple fretboards but there are like no gibsons with maple fretboards is there any reason for that?
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#2
Because the 1959 Les Paul didn't have one and therefore no Gibson made can

also, the Raw Power series does.
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#4
It's mainly just because most people expect Gibson to stick to the traditional features, so they do. Tbh though, I'd love an LP Custom with a maple fretboard and black inlays.
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#6
They did have a bunch of them in the late 70's and 80's, but they mostly stick to rosewood for historical reasons, as mentioned above.

Also, the new melody makers have heat-treated maple fretboards, to make them look like rosewood. I don't know what they feel like, though.
#7
in fact there are quite a few around. i've seen multiple maple fretboard on les pauls which were build before the raw series was ever introduced.
that said you just have to be lucky to see them on the second hand market. also a shop nearby had one new out of factory once, that was a custom shop one though.

also note that not every product they make is on their site. i've seen some les pauls with finishes that weren't found on the site yet came straigth from the factory to the store.
#8
i would imagine (aside from the whole "tradition" argument) that it's because gibsons don't normally have maple necks. The first fenders had one-piece maple necks (i.e. no separate fretboard, the whole neck and fretboard was the one piece of wood), so there was no need to glue on a separate fretboard. Before that point (afaik) maple wasn't really used for guitar necks (or indeed fretboards).

Gibson-style guitars, by contrast, with mahogany necks (which need a separate fretboard) usually used rosewood or ebony as glued-on fretboards. And while it's possible to do it, glued-on maple fretboards look kinda weird against the dark mahogany neck.

Don't get me wrong- of course you can do it. But it sorta makes sense that they don't, if you get what I'm saying.
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#9
Zakk Wylde loves the maple fretboards.
They did make Les Pauls with maple boards in the 70's and 80's as sashki said, but they weren't particularly popular.
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#12
I saw a white Epi V with maple frets, not sure what it's called but I was quite tempted to go righty for that one guitar even though I've yet to play an Epi I found satisfactory let alone for the $500 they charge for a Standard around here. And the Firebird X has maple frets but...that's the Firebird X. Iunno about you guys but if they put out a Gibson V with maple frets and a Kahler I'd commit mass murder for it. o_o
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#13
In Canada atleast, thru Long and Mcquade, you can get an Epiphone Negative Les Paul, Explorer, and V . They have white bodies with black accesories and Maple necks.
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#14
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Before that point (afaik) maple wasn't really used for guitar necks (or indeed fretboards).

I dunno about fretboards, but maple necks were pretty common even before Fender. It was used on bowed instruments, and even on some of Gibson's archtops.
#15
^ oh yeah, i mean i know they were/are used on violins etc.

I thought people took the piss out of fender for the maple neck? Maybe it was just the fretboard...
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