Fretboard wood tonal qualities

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blueszilla, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. Blueszilla

    Blueszilla Bassist ordinaire

    Apr 2, 2003
    The Duke City
    This has probably been discussed before. If so will those in the know point me in the right direction, thank you very much!

    I am beginning to feel as if I prefer the darker wood (rosewood, pau ferro, etc...) fretboards to the lighter (maple, etc..). Something about smooth vs. snap.

    What do you prefer and why?
  2. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    I prefer ebony, especially on my fretless. Why? I'm not sure why on a fretted bass, but on a fretless, it feels like silk. I'm also a fan of rosewood on a fretted, though I like maple fine too. I guess what I don't like about maple is it doesn't age pretty. Tonally, I'm most fond of graphite!
  3. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Do a search, you should find many threads. Note that there's a lot of disagreement about how much effect the fretboard has on the tone of a bass. Good luck!