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Fretless Basses with Maple Boards

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by WillCO, Jan 26, 2006.


  1. WillCO

    WillCO An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure.

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    Does anyone play a fretless bass that has a maple fingerboard? I can't say I've ever seen one.
     
  2. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I used to play a fretless SX precision type bass with a maple fingerboard. Very Zingy.
     
  3. middlebit

    middlebit

    Sep 10, 2005
    København
    You can check out the Mcbride! thread in the bassist forum. Here a link to some vids.'Boogie Woogie Waltz' features his maple neck fretless...sounds SWEEEET!
    http://christianmcbride.com/multi.html
     
  4. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    I've never owned one but I played a Jazz bass that had had the board replaced with an unlined maple board...the tone was fanstic. It was a crisp, biting growl. I loved it!
     
  5. Ordered a maple/maple unlined fretless neck back in Dec. Should be here by early March.
     
  6. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man

    Oh yes, I should mention before I forget, that he used a fretless w/ maple board on the "Word of Mouth Revisited" album. You can see it on the fold-out cover.
     
  7. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    I've played a 70's fretless P-bass that had a factory standard unlined fretless maple fingerboard. Interesting tone, to say the least.

    My newest bass has a related fingerboard, a product called diamondwood (also called pakka wood, rockwood, or phenowood by some people) that was made with bird's eye maple instead of the standard dyed birch (see my avatar! :cool: ). Works GREAT.
     
  8. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Mine is Acrylized Birdseye... great maple tone with added toughness and silky feel.

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    I've always loved 70's Maple board P basses.... heavenly tone to me.
     
  9. BoiNtC

    BoiNtC

    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    Sorry to hijack the thread but... Your Roscoe is a fretless? Everytime I see it, it looks fretless, but it looks like there's small frets when I see close-ups of the neck... Are those just fret lines?
     
  10. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    It's a lined fretless, our lines are actually aluminum, so that explains how it appears to be "small frets".

    :)
     
  11. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I've got a '72 Precision with maple neck that I like lots...
     
  12. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    Oh yes, Sting has used a mpale boarded fretless too, I might add!
     
  13. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    I have a Brice Douglas 5-string J-bass fretless that I upgraded with Bart pickups. It looks, plays and sounds great!
     
  14. Eggman

    Eggman

    Dec 3, 2004
    Denver, Colorado
    My first bass was a early 70's Precision with an unlined maple board. Played it with black nylon tape wounds. It was a great bass.
     
  15. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:
    :
    :cool:
    I've got a fretless maple 74 P-bass.
    I like it for live playing.
    A little more top end.
     
  16. i've actually wanted to know this for a long time as well just always forgot to ask.

    guess i got my answer. haha
     
  17. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
  18. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Hey phil - what don't you like about the neck, out of curiosity? I was reading that thread and it left off with your planning to shim it a bit more.