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Richlite fretboards are incredibly durable while maintaining an ebony or rosewood look and feel. This acoustically superior material offers a consistent density that is moisture acclimated and inherently stable. Richlite fretboards are incredibly easy to maintain and withstand re-fretting without chipping. Enjoy creativity with a conscience: earth-friendly Richlite offers the only sustainable alternative to vanishing natural hardwoods. Enjoy creativity with a conscience


Aside from the user benefits of Richlite fretboards, many notable guitar manufacturers recognize the geo-political implications of a more sustainable material. 

Photo: Guitar in the woods


Richlite is a composite material that, among other things, is often used in place of traditional tone woods for guitar fretboards and bridges. Made from recycled paper and pulp harvested from sustainably farmed trees, Richlite produces a hardened, durable material making Richlite fretboards to be superior to other materials, especially ebony.

Because it’s made from 65% recycled paper, this creates a very environmentally friendly alternative. When you add on the endangered statuses of certain tree species like Ebony and Rosewood, Richlite is better option for guitar manufacturers.

Features + Benefits


  • Acoustically superior and consistent density


  • Moisture acclimated and inherently stable


  • Durable while maintaining an ebony look and feel


  • Hand made in the U.S.A. and FSC® Certified




  • Fretboards

  • Bridges

  • Speaker enclosures

  • Practice drum pads

  • Drumsticks

  • Stage flooring



Fretboard Videos 

Fretboard Questions Answered in this FAQ Video






  • Impact resistance and span superior to wood products


  • Machines with standard tooling just like working with hardwoods


  • Richlite will not corrode from or absorb oils, perspiration or dirt. 

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