Maple Gloss and Satin finish tone differences

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TjMetalhead, Feb 20, 2014.


  1. TjMetalhead

    TjMetalhead

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    I was wondering if there are any tone differences between playing a bass with a satin finish maple fret board and a glossy finish maple fret board.
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  3. mapleglo

    mapleglo Supporting Member

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    This.
  4. Selta

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    I'm quite sure someone out there will claim they can hear a difference.
    To me, absolutely not.
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    Am I really reading this?

    Sadly, I am.
  7. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies Supporting Member

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    I hear a difference, but it may be because of my use of authentic clay dots rather than modern reproductions.
  8. TjMetalhead

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    I was just wondering, obviously there will be a different feel, no need for condescension here, thanks!
  9. GBassNorth

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    No difference on the fretboard but I do find a slight difference in the tone on gloss maple necks and satin maple necks. The tone difference is small but noticeable to me the player. I find the gloss necks don't allow my hand to slide as freely and therefore I have a tendency to not fret as accurately on a gloss neck especially on faster songs. Other than that there is no real difference.

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