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Favorite fretboard material

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Jun 7, 2004.

  1. Rosewood

    13 vote(s)
  2. Maple

    9 vote(s)
  3. Ebony

    20 vote(s)
  4. Other

    8 vote(s)
  1. Sorry if this has been done before. I don't see why it wouldn't have been, but I did a search and didn't find it.

    What's your favorite fretboard material and why?

    (I know that certain materials are best for certain types of basses, but humor me :) )
  2. I like rosewood because of the look and the warmth.
  3. Walbassman


    Nov 27, 2002
    Nashville, TN
    all the way...with an ash body....That's what makes my Stingray sound PHAT!!!
  4. Scott French

    Scott French Dude

    May 12, 2004
    Grass Valley, CA
    Ebony, then Wenge.
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Kinda dig rosewood and wenge.
  6. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Macassar ebony, pau ferro.


    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Maple :hyper:
  8. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Stabilized Bird's eye maple rocks my world!!!

  9. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    like this? ;)


    Peace, JP
  10. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004
    Maple and ebony, would also die for that crazy figured dark wood that Brian Barrett from -the low end- showed a while back on a benavente. What was that? :eek:
  11. Ebony, no question, with Pau Ferro a close second.

    I played one bass that had bubinga iirc, and that stuff was very hard.
  12. Funkize you

    Funkize you Guest

    Nov 4, 2003
    Westminster Ca.
    Pau Ferro.

    Bird's Eye Maple a Close Second.
  13. Nice, dark rosewood, preferably Brazillian with nice tight grain and neat-o swirls in it!

    I don't believe in "sound quality" of fretboards, if it exists, it's so minimal. Otherwise you'd be able to figure out what it is by listening to a record. It's hard enough to tell whether someone's playing a Rick vs a Jazz vs a Precision...
  14. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile

    :bassist: you know it :bassist:
  15. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    For fretless, I prefer phenowood/rockwood/diamondwood. For fretted, birdseye maple. Although for fretted, almost anything hard and pretty will work for me.
  16. vometia

    vometia Formerly cbh

    Nov 1, 2003
    Stilton, although for fretless a nice piece of double gloucester is quite good.


  17. cmon there had to be a pau ferro...so i just picked other...
  18. rusty


    Mar 29, 2004
    Pau ferro, macassar ebony, cocobolo :)
  19. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    This Pau ferro is sounding nice. Too bad its not offered on Fenders as a stock thing. I believe Stingrays sometimes have it on the fretless ones though.
  20. check out some of their 5ers, its stock on them...