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 Post subject: Richlite?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:52 pm 
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I've seen some references online to guitar makers using "Richlite" for things like Bridges and Fretboards.

I assume this is some kind of man made synthetic material?

How does it work (chisels, saw blades, sandpaper, etc...).

How does it look?

Are there any issues with glue adhesion?

What about Finish considerations?

And lastly, are there any implications as far as sound?

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 Post subject: Re: Richlite?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:05 pm 
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works like wood it is basically wood fiber paper impregnated with resin

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 Post subject: Re: Richlite?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:55 pm 
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I think Martin uses it on some of their models.

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 Post subject: Re: Richlite?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:10 pm 
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martin uses this now , it replaced mycarta Gibson is also using it

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 Post subject: Re: Richlite?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:29 pm 
John, in your opinion what is its advantage over solid wood? for the small shop builder?
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 Post subject: Re: Richlite?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:25 pm 
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I doubt there is anything superior about it compared to say, ebony, or rosewood, other than the cost and availability.

I've just noticed that it's being installed on some instruments by default, and what kinda piqued my curiosity was that it was included in one of the kit inventories on John's site. This is why I was inquiring about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Richlite?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:58 pm 
I had totally not heard of it until your post, Jim. So I'm piqued.


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 Post subject: Re: Richlite?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:26 pm 
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Huh,

It looks like the company is right here in my back yard. I might have to drive down there and pay them a visit. Maybe I could get some samples...

http://www.richlite.com/

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 Post subject: Re: Richlite?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:35 pm 
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Richlite is better than mycarta and works pretty well . While it is wood like it isn't wood but it is a great sustainable material. The one thing that Martin found is that it takes a special fretwire . It needs a wider tang . Fortunately I am a dealer of Jescar Fretwire and we will be posting that new soon .
It is different from wood but to he honest , it does the job .

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 Post subject: Re: Richlite?
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Hey John, can Richlite be stained to look like ebony?

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