Why is it so hard to find a bass with a maple fretboard?
I typically do not buy new instruments (maybe I'm weird), but I, for the life of me, cannot find a Jazz bass with a maple fretboard. I've checked the bay, craigslist, local shops, and local pawn shops. Nothing! Sorry for the rant. I guess the search continues
Squier makes a jazz bass with a maple fretboard.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I think it's that rosewood is the more popular fretboard. Watch any music video or live performance or talk show performance most musicians seem to rock rosewood for Guitar/Bass. With that logic less around means gonna be harder to find on a used market.
Rondo has a bunch. I hear they are actually good basses... mid range quality at Squire prices.
PS: I dont touch rosewood.
The majority of makers do have that option. Even Spector offers it now, after almost 40 years in the biz.
I've had no problems getting maple on almost all of my instruments (two Fenders, 1 Jazz, 1 Strat, two Squiers), except for my Epi LP Jr. Certain makers are more likely to have it as an option than others, though, i.e. Fenders offer it on most models, Gibsons don't.
good maple neck basses. They are out there. My jazz bass is maple and I love it. Keep looking and be patient. One will turn up if that is what you really want.
I'd be hard pressed to think of any builder that does not make basses with maple boards.
I know Schecter offer maple and rosewood options on their Diamond Series basses. I was fortunate enough to have both side-by-side to test when I bought my Model T - confirmed my preference for rosewood, admittedly, but the maple board was still very nice!
The Model Ts are a P/J config though, might not be quite what you're after - but it might be worth looking at the rest of that range to see what's available.
Ibanez Atk 805 e
Geddy Lee Jazz
Squier Vintage Modified '77
or get a Jazz bass body you like and order one from Warmoth.
You checked Da Bay? I searched "jazz bass maple" and counted 19 whole jazz basses (not counting necks selling separately) got bored and came back to this thread.
Did you check the TB classifieds?
American Standard, Fender with a maple fretboard
Vintage Modified Jazz bass, Squier
Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V, Squier
American Deluxe Jazz Bass, Fender
Standard Jazz Bass, Fender
American Special Jazz Bass, Fender
Marcus Miller signature Jazz Bass V, Fender
Marcus Miller signature Jazz Bass
Geddy Lee signature Jazz Bass
Just search the web and thou will find :p
Aha! Further to my earlier suggestion, seek and ye shall find!
Hes looking for used not new. But yes, Rosewood seems to be more popular.
funny really, every bass that i see that i find interesting seems to have a maple fretboard, and i prefer rosewood on basses
Here's a used Fender Geddy Lee bass on Ebay
2008 American Standard
Vintage 1977 Jazz Bass
2010 American standard Jazz Bass
2000 American Standard Jazz Bass
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