Gibson Richlite Fretboards

What is "Richlite"? Basically, it is phenolic resin (think plastic printed circuit board) mixed with paper to keep the heat-cured plastic from breaking. Richlite is nothing more than the affordable countertop material used in kitchens for over 50 years. It's plastic + paper baked together and formed into sheets.



Why would Gibson use Richlite for fretboard material? Because it is cheap and easy to work with. Having the Feds confiscate all your wood for violation of the law might have had something to do with it as well.

Is it good? I guess people will find out when they try to get their guitars re-fretted.

If you prefer chicken McNuggets to solid cuts of meat then you're probably the kind of guy that would not be disappointed with a Gibson guitar with a Richlite fretboard.