#1
So i found a nice used epi Thunderhorse, and i was thinking of getting it. Im actually gonna go test it out today. I really love the explorer shape, and the silverburst finish is amazing. But i just noticed that it has some sort of resin fretboard, phenolic i think. Im kinda worried about that. How do they hold up compared to wood? How durable are they? The whole thing kinda put me of a bit, because it just seems like a really cheap option on an otherwise awesome looking guitar...
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#2
I had a Gibson LP swirl and it had a richlite fretboard, IIRC. It looked a lot like ebony and played very nicely. I did not notice too much of a tonal difference between that and my other rosewood fretboards.
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#3
Is your only issue with the guitar is the board isnt a solid piece of wood?


Gibson was using composite boards (richlite) on their ebony guitars when they were getting nailed hard by CITES issues. If you think having a resin board on an Epiphone seems kind of cheap, imagine that on a 3k guitar

The resin boards arent going to fall apart and from what I understand are pretty durable. But if you really think not having a solid piece of wood for a fingerboard might bug you, I would maybe consider holding off.


Personally if I liked it I would probably buy it.
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#4
I'm pretty sure no one would've noticed Richlite vs Ebony in a blind test anyway, really. If the rest of the specs are to your liking and you like how it plays, I wouldn't leave it just for the fact that it's got a resin board. If anything, I'd think a resin board would hold up better than wood, as it won't shift as much in different weather conditions.
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So i found a nice used epi Thunderhorse, and i was thinking of getting it. Im actually gonna go test it out today. I really love the explorer shape, and the silverburst finish is amazing. But i just noticed that it has some sort of resin fretboard, phenolic i think. Im kinda worried about that. How do they hold up compared to wood? How durable are they? The whole thing kinda put me of a bit, because it just seems like a really cheap option on an otherwise awesome looking guitar...


I posted a review about the Thunderhorse on UG I used to have one, it's quite a lovely guitar. Unfortunately I sent in my guitar to Epiphone for what I though was an uneven fret issue, turns out the neck was warped and it couldn't be fixed. So they replaced my Explorer with an Iommi Signature SG. I quite miss that guitar. I'd go for it, it's a discontinued model and they'll only get harder to find.
#6
Yeah, so i called the guy thats selling it, and he thought it was ebony. Anyway, i decided not to go for it, since i was already kinda on the fence for it. I know its silly, but the more i thought about it, the more wrong it felt. I basicly wanted it cause it looked pretty, since i already owned a few explorers, and i hated all of them. So insted of getting this, i bought a pair of pickups
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#7
Well hopefully that works out for you.
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#8
These phenolic resin fretboards are far tougher, harder and more resilient than any wood. I really wouldn't worry about it in any case. You're not going to 'hear' how it sounds amplified either.
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