Fretboard Material question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DrunkenJoker84, Apr 20, 2002.

  1. DrunkenJoker84


    May 11, 2001
    Whats the difference between the few different fretboard materials: maple, rosewood, etc?
  2. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    conventional wisdom says that maple is brighter and rosewood is darker.

    I have played/owned a variety of Musicmen and Fender basses and can honestly say using my ears that the difference is very slight.

    I recently 'upgraded' my guitar. I sat in a shop for 30 mins using my amp and two Strats (bear with me) one was a Mim Tex Mex with a poplar body and rosewood board the other a US57 with alder body vintage pups and a one piece maple neck. The sound differences were very slight. Ok the different body woods and pickups may have cancelled out the fretboard but I personally think that the fingerboard makes a small difference.

    The major difference for me is cosmetic. I think that a blonde or white blond ash body and a plame maple neck/board is killer whilst a flame top with a darker burst looks better with a rosewood or ebony board.

    Just my twopence