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    Hi Everyone, I own a Scheter C-1 Elite that I am really beginning to attach myself to. It has a set neck that is mahogany and a rosewood fretboard. I am asking all of the experts out there if it would be possible to remove the rosewood fretboard and make it a maple fretboard or birdseye maple. Stock it has a binding, but that would not be an issue to remove. These guitars go pretty cheap on the bay between 300-600 USD, but they all come with rosewood fretboard.
    This type of project would be way out of pay grade, so if any of the pro's out there would shoot me a PM and provide an estimate, that would be great and much appreciated.
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    it's certainly possible, but its a big job, i suspect paying a luthier to do it would cost more than buying the guitar itself.
    heres a couple of guides i have found for removing and re-fitting the fretboard yourself (if you're feeling brave)
    Removal... http://projectguitar.com/tut/removal.htm

    Re-fitting... http://projectguitar.com/tut/attach.htm
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    If it were me, I would have a custom-built guitar with those specs and your maple board. You are talking quite a bit of money, as the fretboard has to be drilled, then steamed, then the glue cleaned off (who knows what Schecter uses for glue, it may not even be steamable), then the fretboard has to be installed, radiused, fretted, and finished. You are talking a WHOLE bunch of money. I am not luthier, but am extremely familiar with what luthiers charge as I have run the gamut for custom work on my axes. You could have a talented builder build a brand new guitar with the specs you want cheaper, guaranteed!!!

    That being said- a mahogany with maple fretboard neck could be interesting...
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    Interesting topic - found this related thread on thegearpage.com:

    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/sho...d.php?t=490584

    Note what Terry McInturff from McInturff Guitars states in the last post:


    Success can be had with a maple fbd on a mahogany neck....but the two woods act very differently in the way that they change, dimensionally, upon exposure to changing climates.

    In the right hands...with a really great and stable neck design...you could be ok.

    Otherwise, the spectre of a neck that never wants to settle down can rear it's ugly head.

    Just a word to the wise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho5150 View Post
    it's certainly possible, but its a big job, i suspect paying a luthier to do it would cost more than buying the guitar itself.
    heres a couple of guides i have found for removing and re-fitting the fretboard yourself (if you're feeling brave)
    Removal... http://projectguitar.com/tut/removal.htm

    Re-fitting... http://projectguitar.com/tut/attach.htm
    Second that! Side from the obvious radiusing, fretting, It can be done, but it is a very intensive job, you have to have a great deal of patience, and you don't really get a second chance if you screw up, particularily with the removal of the existing board. A mahogany neck is also alot less forgiving than say maple as it has a higher tendancy to splinter, from say, if you've got stuborn glue. This includes the binding. Steam and heat is used to remove the old board, and since steam will also enter into the mahogany, warparge can occur down the road as the moisture eventually dissipates. So, put these things into consideration. Iv'e replaced a couple boards, one on an Ibanez in which I replaced it with ebony, and on an SG where I had to replace a broken trussrod. The SG is where I learned how different mahogany is to maple. Much more susceptable to damage.
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