Solid Rosewood Neck - Rosewood Fingerboard

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  1. vpermana

    vpermana Supporting Member

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    Hi,
    Any experience using solid Rosewood Neck and rosewood fingerboard?
    Need input how to still achieve similar tonal as maple-rosewood combo.
    Thanks
     
  2. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

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    Exactly what species of "rosewood" are you considering? A dalbergia negra (Brazilian rosewood) neck would probably cost thousands of dollars—and cause lot's of headaches should you decide to take it across national boarders. Don't forget it is CITES controlled.
     
  3. vpermana

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    Warmoth has Indian rosewood for both neck and FB. $300.
     
  4. darkstorm

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    You wont be able to ascheive similair results to rosewood fretbaord and maple neck with a rosewood neck and fretbaord.You'll lose treble responce that can give it a overly upper midrange sound tweak. It would also be more prone to neckdive then maple neck since its a bit heavier then maple. At least according to waht Ive read about rosewood necks. Never had one on my hands so no personal experrience with them. Obviously you'll also have to like the idea and feel of a neck with no finish. Since rosewood doesnt need one and imo should not have one. Wether or not that would be a concern for folks with sweaty hands or not I dunno, as the wood would be subjected to more sweat contact in those cases then fretboards generally get.
     
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  6. pbassnut

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    A rosewood/rosewood bass neck is probably going to be fairly dark sounding. I had a Warmoth wenge/rosewood Jazz neck for a while that was quite dark sounding ... really too dark for me. However, I sold it to a guy who had a Warmoth Precision body with a single Seymour Duncan Music Man Stingray type pickup (in the appropriate spot) and an active circuit. I offered to install it for him so I got a chance to hear the wenge/rosewood neck on his bass and it sounded really good (probably because he had a very punchy pickup/EQ system which probably counterbalanced the inherently dark tone of the neck). BTW, that Warmoth wenge/rosewood Jazz neck was unfinished and was very comfortable to play.
     
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    Yeah, I got that, It's my recording bass. Old Schecter rosewood neck with a Maple skunk stripe.

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    It IS distinctive sounding, more piano-ish and focused tham my maple-necked basses. Of course, it's paired with a walnut body.... I had several sets of pickups in it, came back to the '62 set because they were "tamer" and a good match to "warm" up the sound a bit.

    Best thing, it's very "even" across the strings, and records beautifully, almost as if it had compression on it already.
     
  8. vpermana

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    What dark color neck wood that has similar tonal characteristic as maple?
     
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    I recommend walnut.
     
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    I have an all Indian rosewood warmoth fretless paired with an alder zbass body. I would say it has a fatter deeper timbre with passive p/j barts.
     
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    Partly the all-rosewood was for color matching.
     

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    I paired a rosewood neck with an ebony fingerboard and got a great result - warmer than maple, but penetrating with sizzly highs.
     
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    oh dear god, I just besmirched myself. HNNNNGGGG!
     
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    I'm looking for a recording of this bass to post...
     
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    Gorgeous bass. I was wondering what had happened to Der Ring des Nibelungen!!! ;)
     
  16. darkstorm

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    If your main goal is dark colored neck. Then you could get a unfinished maple neck with rosewood fretboard. Then stain and finish the maple neck with whatever color stain/sealer/finish all in one product like minwax makes that you like.
     

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