Maple fretboard & Rosewood neck bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Anonymous7, Dec 29, 2013.


  1. Anonymous7

    Anonymous7

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    Has any one ever tried this combo? As little as I believe in tone wood, how would it sound? Would it be heavy? Pics?
  2. snyderz

    snyderz Supporting Member

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    I believe EBMM put out some rosewood necks, but not with a maple board.
  3. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

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    Is rosewood stiff enough/stable enough to be the neck wood?
  4. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

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    I know EBMM has made some solid rosewood necks - a fellow TBer has one that looks killer!!!


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  6. pfox14

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    RW is not a good choice for a neck. It is not as stable as maple or even mahogany. I would reverse it.
  7. TN WOODMAN

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    See there is a reason things are done the way they are-not just because it 's always been that way or to resist change.
  8. FloridaSam

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    I bet PRS would do it. They make some incredible solid rosewood necks. Heck, Fender did too in the late '60s on the Rosewood Telecaster.
  9. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

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    Rosewood is fine for making necks. I had a Warmoth rosewood/rosewood neck and it was fantastic. The bare rosewood back of the neck felt great and the neck itself was very stable. The main reason more necks are not rosewood is that it is expensive and harder to work than maple.
  10. WoodyG3

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    There are many varieties of rosewood, just as there are several types of maple. The cost of a rosewood neck would certainly be high, but I see no reason it couldn't or shouldn't be done with the right piece of rosewood.
  11. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

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    I think you have that backwards - it probably isn't used for necks very often, due to expense...


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  12. line6man

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    Warmoth doesn't do Maple fretboards on non-Maple necks (With the exception of a few one-off Walnut/Maple necks.) for two reasons. Firstly, the Maple is prone to instability on other woods, and secondly, Maple needs a hard finish, while most other woods should be left raw.

    How do you feel about Canary wood? It looks similar to Maple, from a distance, and is tonally similar to Maple. A Rosewood/Canary neck should be stable, and not require any finish.

    FWIW, to those naysaying Rosewood, my Rosewood/Ebony neck is the best I have ever played.:spit::hyper:
  13. WoodyG3

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    Just checked the neck builder on their site. Warmoth will do an Indian rosewood neck for a $360 upcharge. And, line6man is correct that the maple fretboard would not be available with that configuration. I don't understand what possible stability issues there would be, but I guess Warmoth has their reasons. Also, maple, IMO, doesn't really need a hard finish, I have a couple if basses with oil finishes on maple fretboards. Again, though, Warmoth must have their reasons.
  14. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass Gnarsty bass tones Supporting Member

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    My brother has a PRS guitar with solid rosewood neck. He loves the tone (but to me it just sounds like a PRS)... but as you'd expect with rosewood, it makes for a HEAVY instrument.

    Rosewood is harder/heavier than maple, so I would expect it to be more stable. As georgestrings and godofthunder said, one reason it isn't done more often is expense... that's probably the biggest reason. Another reason would be weight. With basses especially it could lead to neck dive
  15. Dredmahawkus

    Dredmahawkus Supporting Member

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    Here is my rosewood neck...It has an ebony fretbord....very deep dark sounding bass mahogany body. the ebony gives it the attack and brightness the maple would if you could use it with it. That neck is so stable I have never adjusted it. it just never moves at all.


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  16. pbass888

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    leo and crew tried pretty much every combination. to be honest i tried a home made version but i did not notice anything special
  17. line6man

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    Stability issues aside, Maple fretboards get grimey very fast if you leave them raw, or only give them an oil finish. It's not pretty.

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