How do the all rosewood necks feel?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheOriginalName, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. TheOriginalName


    May 28, 2018
    Hey Talkbass,

    So I recently went to Guitar Center and got a chance to try out a new sterling bass with the roasted maple
    neck. Admittedly I wasn’t impressed. However, I also saw a P bass with an all rosewood neck on the top shelf. I didn’t try it out, and I was wondering if you guys had any experience with these basses and knew how they felt? I’m going to try to go back and actually play the thing, but I figured I’d ask you guys, and get an idea of what to expect.
  2. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Since you mention it, I'm curious what you didn't like about the roasted maple neck?
  3. JohnnyBottom

    JohnnyBottom Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2002
    New Jersey
    This double P with Warmoth Rosewood neck and ebony fretboard sounds and feels just great.
    solid Walnut body. about 10 lbs though.
  4. TheOriginalName


    May 28, 2018
    Well, it just felt kind of...empty. It might be because I’m used to the gloss finishes but it just felt weird. That or the shape of the neck (which doesn’t make sense because I already play a stingray). Like, it was smooth but I felt there was too much distance between me and the fretboard, and that it was almost pushing back against my hand. It’s probably very little to do with the wood and probably more with the finish, but it just felt off-putting. I just don’t be know though, because I had just stopped playing the matte black rick, with the satin neck, and it felt brilliant, but the stingray didn’t...
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  5. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    You could blindfold me, and I'd still not be able to tell the difference between regular Dr. Pepper and Diet Dr. Pepper.
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  6. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    The Fender P and J are both smoother than you can imagine.
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  7. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    Love My Dogs
    i just got the surf green p bass, worst fret sprout i've ever seen, gonna have to return it i'm afraid
  8. TheOriginalName


    May 28, 2018
    Ah well I’m probably gonna try fretless (sorry, should probably edit that).
  9. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    Love My Dogs
    changed my mind, humidity has helped a bit, gonna keep it and get the frets dressed. awesome neck besides my fret issue, guess these shrink a bit
  10. mbell75


    May 23, 2016
    Roasted maple neck>>rosewood neck

    How are the all rosewood necks? Do you like neck dive? They are terrible IMO, at least the one I played. Im sure if you got a big old 10 lbs body it wouldn't dive but add in the weight of the neck and you have a boat anchor of a bass.
  11. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    They look cool. I don't see why one would want to use such a heavy wood for a neck.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2019
  12. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    Love My Dogs
    no neck dive on my p bass, none at all seems like all my other p basses....
  13. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi TheOriginalName :)

    What I feel is the neck and fretboard finish. Not the wood.

    Maybe rosewood will feel a bit darker than maple?:D

    This! And oil the board. (Oil is good for sprouts!) :smug:


    Without kidding: Oiling helps against shrinking.

    may the bass be with you

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  14. 68Goldfish

    68Goldfish Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Port Orchard WA
    I once owned a Stingray with an all rosewood neck. It was really smooth and smelled lovely. Wouldn’t hesitate to own one again that’s for sure.
  15. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member


    don't do it.
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  16. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi Spidey :)

    I don' t understand that blindfold thing. Do they have different colours? :wacky:


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  17. Mark Ambler

    Mark Ambler

    Nov 18, 2017
    London, UK.
    Tried the Pink Fender Jazz, sounds great but terrible neck dive. The bass weighed 4.4kgs probably most of the weight was the neck! Why on earth Fender would do this is beyond me. The neck does feel great, though, and reminds me of Wenge which Warwick often use.
  18. rickster4003


    Feb 15, 2013
    But, what about Pepsi and stirred up Coke?
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  19. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    That would be a big, huge, sugary yes.
  20. TheOriginalName


    May 28, 2018
    See that’s interesting. I tried out the sea foam p Bass the other day. Not a single word is a lie, the thing had no neckdive at all. None. I let go of it and it stayed still, and was also really comfortable weight wise.