I am all set to order a new Reverend Rumblefish P/J but I can't decide what material to get on my fingerboard. Check out this description I found at the Tom Anderson site and see if it sounds right. The most frequent topic in the neck wood debate is Solid Maple vs. Maple with a rosewood fingerboard : Most people who are interested in the sonic influences of wood have heard it said, a maple neck produces a brighter sound than that of maple with a rosewood fingerboard. However, allow us to elaborate. Solid maple doesn't seem to chop off the bottom end of the sound as much as it seems to tighten and control that bottom. So, a maple neck does have a good bottom end but with clarity, definition and control. Rosewood on the other hand has a looser, louder bottom end sound to it. As far as the high end is concerned, maple does the same thing up here. It tightens and controls the high end so you don't really hear the sparkling upper end that the rosewood makes. (Something like the sizzle of the drummer's high hat cymbals) In the midrange, solid maple is clear and present without sounding hard, while rosewood is breathy and scooped in the mid to upper mid range area. This seems to be saying that rosewood has more bottom end and more top end to?? I'm still confused. I have read other posts on this board and see every answer from it makes no difference in sound to it makes a big difference! Which would you recommend for classic Jazz, R&B n Blues? I enjoy trying to make faux upright sounds using my thumb. Jamerson had a rosewood and my other hero Duck Dunn has maple! Gah how am I to choose. What about durability? I hear maple does not need to be oiled since it is already sealed while rosewood should be every now and then. But I also read that using oil on rosewood can cause your frets to come up. My Jazz bass has rosewood and flat strings. Sometimes I didn't feel like it cut thru well. Of course this may have been the cheezy amp I was playing on for the last few years.