Fret boards

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MCT, May 2, 2005.

  1. MCT


    Apr 11, 2005
    I've always preferred rosewood, but I see all of these options like maple, ebony, pau ferro, adn etc. What's the difference? Tone... etc?
  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Rosewood generally is a warmer tone, much more lows and less mids and highs.
    Maple and ebony are pretty close - brighter, more apparent overtones.
    I believe Pau Ferro is more of a middle ground between the two.
  3. Sutton


    Mar 3, 2005
    Plainwell, MI
    But I've heard that the sound difference is nearly impossible to hear. Basically, I think most of it is for the look.
  4. W/Sutton- it's pretty subtle, & I like rosewood or pau ferro(which I think I heard is actually a species of rosewood- not sure)for looks. In comparing basses, I've always ended up liking the tone of RW or PF over maple.
  5. Sutton


    Mar 3, 2005
    Plainwell, MI
    +1, and besides, dark fretboards look cooler 9/10 times
  6. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    I have a bass with a phenonwod fingerboard, i cant say what makes the arpege so snappy but that fingerboard is hard as hell so it might nail that snappy sound too.