As much as I love maple fretboards...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HubbardsFate, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. HubbardsFate


    Oct 18, 2006
    ...and I do...once upon a time I didn't, but maple is now my PREFERENCE (even plain-jane maple...don't even get me started on birdseye or flame :drool:)...I find FRETLESS maple fretboards to look really, really weird...:cautious:

    I want to delve into fretless at some point...if it happens, I can pretty much guarantee that whichever bass I end up getting will sport either an ebony, rosewood, or pau ferro 'board.

    I'm sure a fretless maple sounds fine, but I will unabashedly admit that I have to find the bass appealing in the aesthetics department as well, and yeah, fretless maple fretboards just look strange to me. o_O
  2. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi HubbardsFate :)


    When you don 't like a fretboard, just look somewhere else :D or..

    jaco-pastorius-650-430 - Copie.jpg

    may the bass be with you

  3. Geri O

    Geri O Endorsing Artist, Mike Lull Guitars and Basses Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    I insist on maple fingerboards for all go my fretted instruments and I go to great lengths to have basses with maple fingerboards (not really, but that sounded pretty cool in my head...:roflmao:).

    Having said that, I haven't thought twice about anything but a rosewood or ebony or anything non-maple for the fingerboard on any fretless I've ever owned. Non-maple just seems right for fretless basses.
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  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    Maple fretlesses are cool. I especially like how Christian McBride sounds on his.
  5. Stanley Sheldon, classic Frampton Comes Alive! era. I think it looks great.

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  6. I learned fretless on an SX Precision copy fretless...maple board. Lots of mwah, that bass got me way down the road.
  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Fretless SX basses are great. I picked up a fretless SX Jazz for $100 that I wish I still had, and I still have this shortscale fretless SX:

  8. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    hi guys :)

    Sting! :laugh:

    sorry I could not resist! :roflmao:


  9. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space

    that' s better!

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  10. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Much better!:bassist:
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  11. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    ... but it's not as sweet as that kimono!

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  13. Lance Bunyon

    Lance Bunyon

    Jul 17, 2018
    I'm in awe of Fender maple fretless boards with no dots (side dots only). Gorgeousness!
  14. It was kind of the thing at the time.



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  15. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
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  16. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    "On the Saturn V... Mr. Stewart Copeland, ladies and gentlemen!"

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  17. Abner


    Jan 2, 2011
    I've said it before... get one of each. :)


    The maple Roadster has become my number 1. (Although with Ernie Ball Stainless flats — .110 to .055 — rather than the black tapewounds in the pic.)
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  18. TheDirtyLowDown


    Mar 8, 2014
    Here's a chance for me to share one of my favorite fretless bass performances/solos of all time:
    Christian McBride with Pat Metheny and Antonio Sanchez. He's playing a Rudy Pensa bass with
    a beautiful (to my eyes) unlined maple fingerboard. Enjoy the tune, regardless of your
    aesthetic preferences :)
  19. I certainly do love an unlined, ebony fingerboard ... but I have a Frankenbass fretless with maple and black lines and I love it!
  20. Lardass5000

    Lardass5000 Don't beat me again! I'll be good! Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2016
    Deep South
    Wow! Great fretless playing. Such good harmony and cool improvisation. I like it. Thank you.
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