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Farvorite type of Fretboard

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Harpo, Feb 27, 2001.


What kind of fretboard do ya like

Poll closed Jun 27, 2003.
  1. Maple

    79 vote(s)
    32.1%
  2. Rosewood

    60 vote(s)
    24.4%
  3. Eboney

    66 vote(s)
    26.8%
  4. Other

    41 vote(s)
    16.7%
  1. Harpo

    Harpo

    Feb 1, 2001
    Kings Park NY
    What kind of fretboard do you like ?
     
  2. AssMan

    AssMan

    Dec 2, 2000
    Minnesota, USA
    There's no second "e" in "ebony".
     
  3. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Real, Gaboon ebony beats everything else.
    But beech is also nice, like rosewood, slightly less oily, and lighter color. Nice.
     
  4. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    except the rosewood fretboard of my rickenbacker i prefer maple fretboard with black dots
     
  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  6. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Sharkskin.
     
  7. j3b3r

    j3b3r

    Aug 19, 2000
    macassar ebony is the best :)
     
  8. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    Mexico
    MAPLE RULES! GO CANADA!
     
  9. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Gaboun ebony is the best, IMO, for a wood that isn't limited to one extreme of tonal quality. But it has become so rare, that good builders have turned to mcassar. The not so good builders dye the junky ebony.

    Rosewood was good but it had to be Brazilian rosewood. That's been banned from importation to the US for 25+ years.

    Anyone tried a Basking Shark yet? I wonder how an aluminum finger board affects the tone?
     
  10. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  11. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    That surprises me, JMX. Thanks! In the `70's, a salesman tried to hook me up with a Kramer that had aluminum, (neck, headstock, etc.). I had no preconceptions about how it would sound. But I passed because every note I hit made me think, "Budweiser, in cans." (US brand of beer).
     
  12. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Kramers suck, that's true...

    But the Le Fay was all wood except for the fretboard. I think I've seen a Status with aluminium fretboard once too...
     
  13. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    cocobolo is nice. which is a type of rosewood...so dense it sinks.

    never tried the Ritter velvet...want to though.

    phenowood is my fave at the moment.

    fred
     
  14. Hmm... I wonder how slapping on a fretless with an aluminum board would sound.
     
  15. Speedbird

    Speedbird Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2000
    Northern Virginia
    Other - granadillo
     
  16. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
  17. mark

    mark

    Apr 7, 2000
    Canada
    Wenge and the way!
     
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    [​IMG]
    Like a real Fender?
     
  19. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I knew that...no kidding ;)
     
  20. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    If it is fretless, phenowood or ebony.

    If it has speedbumps, maple, preferably birdeye!

    I am surprised to see that rosewood is so popular.

    I know that some people like it, but I wonder how many people voted for rosewood who have never played ebony or pau ferro? All the characteristics of rosewood, plus better low and high end, IMHO.