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Why is it so hard to find a bass with a maple fretboard?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BrianToska, Feb 7, 2013.


  1. BrianToska

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    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
     
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  3. lolmont

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    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.
     
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    The majority of makers do have that option. Even Spector offers it now, after almost 40 years in the biz.
     
  8. Batmensch

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    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.
     
  9. mcnach

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    There may be more of them in rosewood... but there are tons in maple!!! :confused:
     
  10. Jbassrockboy

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    Fender make
    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.
     
  11. cnltb

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    I'd be hard pressed to think of any builder that does not make basses with maple boards.
     
  12. AuntieBeeb

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    Hes looking for used not new. But yes, Rosewood seems to be more popular.
     
  20. mystic38

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    funny really, every bass that i see that i find interesting seems to have a maple fretboard, and i prefer rosewood on basses
     
  21. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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