Brazilian Fretboard?

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  1. andrew thomas

    andrew thomas New Member

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    Does anybody have a guess on what wood this fretboard is? This is a 91 Custom 24 that I'm looking at purchasing. I called PRS customer service but they didn't have anything on record. Appreciate the help. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    https://imgur.com/a/RRsHesZ
     
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  2. toothace

    toothace We've got, you know, armadillos in our trousers.

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    Probably Brazilian. Respond to some other posts to get your post count up then you can post pics.
     
  3. andrew thomas

    andrew thomas New Member

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    Thank you! I was wondering why the images were not showing.
     
  4. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    '91 should be Brazilian. As for photos, you have to host them from a 3rd party photo sharing site like Imgur, or Flickr.
     
  5. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    There are some tells.

    Open grain on the surface. Yours isn't clearly one or the other.
    Darker/chocolate color. Again, on your potential guitar, not really obvious one way or the other.
    Florescence. A water extract from Non-Brazilian rosewood will fluoresce under a black light. BRW will not.

    The last tell is pretty conclusive but I don't think you are going to be able to do it. If you sand a little off and smell the saw dust it will have a slightly sweet chocolate like aroma. Non-BRW will not.
     
  6. AaeCee

    AaeCee New Member

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    Have you given it the sniff test? BRW often smells like cut grass. Lightly scratch a small spot with your nail and give it a shot. Not necessarily definitive, but it could be another shred of evidence.
     
  7. gush

    gush I'm not a new member!!!!

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    We need pics of the guitar too.
     
  8. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    According to the model history on PRS’ site, they phased out BRW in ‘90-91 on Core models. Could be either.

    I bought my ‘91 new, and wasn’t told which it was, not that I’d have cared much, since the guitar was so good compared to anything else I’d played at the time. But my sniff sense of it was that mine was IRW.
     
  9. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    I love the sniff test, but it's true. It smells sweet. If I had to bet right now, I'd guess East Indian Rosewood.
     
  10. andrew thomas

    andrew thomas New Member

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    First, I appreciate all the feedback and I put up a few more pics of the guitar on the link above, it's a beauty. I've got a late 90s CU24 but always wanted a Whale Blue one(I've got the dark cherry sunburst). The owner is asking $2300 and if it's Brazilian I'm ok with the price. Thoughts?
     
  11. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Can't offer any additional help, but man, that's a sweet looking guitar!
     
  12. Collywobbles

    Collywobbles New Member

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    Gut feeling IRW but as others have said it's hard to tell from your pics. BRW went on to CITES 1991, at which point it stopped being used for 'core' guitars so some will be BRW, others IRW. The serial range for '91 is approx 10,100 to 12,600 so as a guess the more towards 12,000 the more likely it's IRW.

    Edit - based on the new photos below I'd say probably BRW.

    https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/support/article/year_identification

    These two are BRW and both look a bit different to each other:

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     
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  13. shallbe

    shallbe New Member

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    I clicked on the link nd I think that is Brazilian. Looks a lot like the Brazzy board on my Santana II in terms of shape and smoothness.
     
  14. andrew thomas

    andrew thomas New Member

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    I got to see the guitar in person today. Looks amazing! Figured I'd snap some high res photos of the fretboard and upload them to see if they helped out with the determination of the Brazilian vs IRW. https://imgur.com/a/RRsHesZ
     
  15. CandidPicker

    CandidPicker Feed & Seed

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    Andrew,

    Here's a tip. To post images from Imgur, left click on the image thumbnail. A new screen will open. Click on Direct Link "Copy". Once you've copied the Imgur "direct" url, simply use the following:

    Place the abbreviation "IMG" inside this: [ ], without the quotation marks. Then paste your Imgur URL copied Direct Link immediately after. Then place "/IMG" in the same square parentheses after the URL. The image will be viewable on this forum.
     
  16. Collywobbles

    Collywobbles New Member

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    I've changed my view and think it's probaby BRW based on the revised photos having just looked at my two PRS with BRW and a couple of non-PRS with IRW. But it's hard to be sure.
     
  17. Jazzedout

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    It also looks like Brazilian to me.
    Don't know if my 1992 one was special ordered but looks to have Brazilian as well and some of the most colorful birds I have seen on those older Customs.
    [​IMG]
     
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    danktat Award winning tattoo artist ... Amateur guitarist

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