Fender AS P-Bass Sunburst: Rosewood or Maple?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by debaser, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. debaser


    Jun 11, 2005

    I've been searching around for info on which fingerboard to choose for a 2008 American Standard P-Bass, but haven't found quite the answer to my questions, so...

    I tried out a 2008 AS P-Bass in 3-tone sunburst with a rosewood fretboard, and it felt and sounded fabulous (far better than the Skyline Duck Dunn that I played). I also tried out the '62 reissue, which had a better neck (IMHO) but didn't sound quite as good to me.

    Now, while I quite liked the look/feel of the rosewood on the '62, it seemed a bit rougher on the Standard (though obviously the tone wasn't causing any problems). They had a 5-string P with a maple neck, and I prefer the look and feel of the glossy maple board. Thing is, I'd have to have the shop special order the 4-stringer with a maple fretboard, so I'll be buying basically "sight unseen".

    I am fortunate (in a way) to be stuck considering this one store only since I have significant gift certificates, so going elsewhere to find a maple fretboard is out of the question.

    What should I do here?
  2. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Well, just talking aesthetically, I've always liked the look of rosewood with the Sunbursts. I know a lot of people prefer Sunburst/maple. But IMHO, burst & rosewood go together like peanut butter & jelly. It just seems right...
  3. superfunk47


    Sep 9, 2007
    If you want the maple, get the maple. I wouldn't worry about getting a lemon with the 2008 Fenders :bassist:
  4. LowBSix


    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    Maple... Done
  5. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    The 62 has Mandolin frets and a different radius than the new AS series. Thats probably why they feel different. :)
  6. dan-993


    May 15, 2008
    What about AS jazzes?
    Im getting one later this year and i cant decide about wether i shoulc get a Maple or a rosewood?
  7. debaser


    Jun 11, 2005
    I decided to go with the rosewood neck...the bass in the shop just sounded so good, I didn't want to go the mail-order route just for a different color fretboard when such a fantastic instrument was in my hands already.

    The way I see it...I'm after the nice round p-bass tone, so if there is in fact a tone difference in the fretboard woods, the rosewood is the one that would do what I want sound-wise.

    If in a few years I add a jazz bass, I'll go with a maple board at that time, since it would mate well with the jazz sound. That is, unless i go with Olympic white!

    BTW, the bass is incredible! With the kids around I'll only get sporadic chances to play with it today, but it is a very different instrument than my (also very nice) Godin Freeway Active. Will need to play with amp settings a bit - everything was rolled down on the amp due to the Godin's high output from 2 aggressive active humbuckers.
  8. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Allentown, PA!
  9. Marksb_2000


    Jun 2, 2006
    Atlanta, Ga
    I might be an old man and set in my ways but to me:

  10. ilikeindie


    Feb 15, 2008
    Maple feels so much better.