OK, I was checking out my bass the other day and got to wondering why some basses have different fretboard materials. I was thinking that perhaps when the string makes contact with the fretboard, that's where the difference comes in. Then, I took a closer look, and when I depress a sting, the string doesn't even contact the fretboard, instead it lays between the two frets. So, what are the advantages to different types of fretboard woods. Do they just provide for more stiffness, better looks, etc? Just curious. I'm thinking about getting a new bass (Stingray 5) and was wondering. It seems like most Stingrays come with the maple fretboards.