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Fingerboard Woods (Rosewood vs Maple)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassicmelodies, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. bassicmelodies


    Feb 28, 2010
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    Greetings everyone,

    I've been wanting to get another bass this year, and I'm curious about what players are thinking about fingerboard woods. I've heard that maple is a softer wood, so the neck profile tends to be a bit thicker to provide support (in comparison to rosewood.)

    This made sense to me, wether it's true or not????

    I've been looking at the G&L L-2000 series. When looking at their stats, they mention both woods as options, but the same neck profile for both. I thought this was contradicting what I had been told.

    I went to fender and pulled up the p-bass specs and compared two basses with different fingerboard woods, same specs yet again.

    It's gonna be fretted, so it's not too much of a tone thing yea?

    I'm not quite sure if I'll go round or wound for strings.

    Has anyone really noticed a difference between how woods react to string style? I know that's kind of abstract, but... doesn't hurt to put that out there.

    Thanks for your time,

    wish y'all the best
  2. Solarmist

    Solarmist Supporting Member

    Jul 24, 2007
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    Maple and Rosewood are both hardwoods, and don't have anything to do with neck profile.

    Get the one you like best - the difference in tone will be negligible at best; especially being fretted.

    BTW - the G&L L2000 is a really nice bass - many will agree.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
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    If you do a search there are a TON of threads on this subject(rosewood vs maple). Do a bit of research before buying, there is a lot of information here.
  4. Gbass75

    Gbass75 Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
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    Oh dear, oh dear...
  5. Nephilymbass

    Nephilymbass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2011
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    really the two main differences are looks, and texture. some people think one or the other looks better. Maple necks almost always have a finish on the fingerboard where rosewood is normally just oiled. They are just different taste, I would not say one or the other is better in any way other than looks because I do think some color schemes work better for one or the other. I do think certain color basses look better with one or the other. for example if I wanted a Blue bass I would definitely want a maple board but if I was to get a sunbust I'd want rosewood.
  6. BurningSkies


    Feb 20, 2005
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    I've always wondered about this.

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  7. bass12

    bass12 Fueled by chocolate Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
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    Burning Skies strikes again with The List! :p
  8. mimaz

    mimaz Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2005
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    Endorsing Artist: Crook Custom Guitars
    Do you have any additional info? :bag:

  9. rptrsn2


    Feb 21, 2008
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    Endorsing Artist: Aurora Strings
    Ive owned both and never seen noticed any difference but some folks say they do. Think its mostly just individual preference. Love the lists there but rarely do I see a question on here that hasn't been asked at some point in the past.
  10. porterbass

    porterbass Supporting Member

    Jul 11, 2013
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    I so love the talkbass community!!!
  11. micguy


    May 17, 2011
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    My favorite fretless is ebonite - such a cool, different mwah than you get from wood.

    For my fretted instruments, rosewood. Just don't like the look of maple.
  12. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
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    Have to agree its about personal preference. I can't hear a big diff in tones, so I think I like the looks. I tend towards rotos on maple to produce my funk-rock tones. I have a rosewood fretless strung with dull flats for jazz-folk-specialty work.
  13. SlowCode

    SlowCode Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2013
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    Gouges to neck from round wound strings. This is a Steinberger L2 with phenolic neck, but I have seen this happen to wood as well. I have played fretless exclusively since 1972. Regardless of "opinions" here and elsewhere - if you use rounds, this will happen. Varnish helps by the way.



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