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Fingerboard Woods (Rosewood vs Maple)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassicmelodies, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. Greetings everyone,

    I've been wanting to get another bass this year, and I'm curious about what players are thinking about fingerboard woods. I've heard that maple is a softer wood, so the neck profile tends to be a bit thicker to provide support (in comparison to rosewood.)

    This made sense to me, wether it's true or not????

    I've been looking at the G&L L-2000 series. When looking at their stats, they mention both woods as options, but the same neck profile for both. I thought this was contradicting what I had been told.

    I went to fender and pulled up the p-bass specs and compared two basses with different fingerboard woods, same specs yet again.

    It's gonna be fretted, so it's not too much of a tone thing yea?

    I'm not quite sure if I'll go round or wound for strings.

    Has anyone really noticed a difference between how woods react to string style? I know that's kind of abstract, but... doesn't hurt to put that out there.

    Thanks for your time,

    wish y'all the best
  2. Maple and Rosewood are both hardwoods, and don't have anything to do with neck profile.

    Get the one you like best - the difference in tone will be negligible at best; especially being fretted.

    BTW - the G&L L2000 is a really nice bass - many will agree.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    If you do a search there are a TON of threads on this subject(rosewood vs maple). Do a bit of research before buying, there is a lot of information here.
  4. Oh dear, oh dear...
  5. really the two main differences are looks, and texture. some people think one or the other looks better. Maple necks almost always have a finish on the fingerboard where rosewood is normally just oiled. They are just different taste, I would not say one or the other is better in any way other than looks because I do think some color schemes work better for one or the other. I do think certain color basses look better with one or the other. for example if I wanted a Blue bass I would definitely want a maple board but if I was to get a sunbust I'd want rosewood.
  6. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    I've always wondered about this.

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  7. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Burning Skies strikes again with The List! :p
  8. mimaz


    Mar 1, 2005
    Wheeling WV
    Endorsing Artist: Crook Custom Guitars
    Do you have any additional info? :bag:

  9. rptrsn2


    Feb 21, 2008
    Northeast Missouri
    Endorsing Artist: Aurora Strings
    Ive owned both and never seen noticed any difference but some folks say they do. Think its mostly just individual preference. Love the lists there but rarely do I see a question on here that hasn't been asked at some point in the past.
  10. porterbass

    porterbass Supporting Member

    Jul 11, 2013
    I so love the talkbass community!!!
  11. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    My favorite fretless is ebonite - such a cool, different mwah than you get from wood.

    For my fretted instruments, rosewood. Just don't like the look of maple.
  12. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Hillsdale, Portland
    Have to agree its about personal preference. I can't hear a big diff in tones, so I think I like the looks. I tend towards rotos on maple to produce my funk-rock tones. I have a rosewood fretless strung with dull flats for jazz-folk-specialty work.
  13. Gouges to neck from round wound strings. This is a Steinberger L2 with phenolic neck, but I have seen this happen to wood as well. I have played fretless exclusively since 1972. Regardless of "opinions" here and elsewhere - if you use rounds, this will happen. Varnish helps by the way.