I've been looking at some lower range Gibsons, eg Faded, Standard etc and it strikes me that a lot of the rosewood fretboards are bone dry with an almost white grain in some areas. Some seem dyed and after you play them your fingers are black. They're all a bit of a mess. What gives?
Fender meanwhile with their Pau Ferro, which I dislike due to how light brown and streaky they are, means I wouldn't buy any Fender with one, unless it was an exception ie dark and even, but I haven't see one yet.
Note, I am fussy about my fretboards