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Jazz basses and maple fretboards?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Juniorkimbrough, Aug 19, 2005.


  1. Juniorkimbrough

    Juniorkimbrough

    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    Recently I've noticed that almost all of the Jazz style basses I see have rosewood fretboards, I've seen very few with maple boards.

    Why is this?
     
  2. pyrohr

    pyrohr

    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Here go some :) [​IMG]
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  3. flea claypool

    flea claypool

    Jun 27, 2004
    Ireland
    i think it seems that alder/rosewood is the darker more common thing.. ive always like ash/maple combo plus maple necks look better to me!!.. but apperantly there is a huge difference in tone... i cant hear it but i have virgin ears!!
     
  4. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    You haven't looked hard enough? ;)
     
  5. fenderx55

    fenderx55

    Jan 15, 2005
    NYC/Queens
    i'm thinking they color match them so they don't look weird. For instance, my transparent orange finish would look weird with a rosewood board you know?
     
  6. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    IIRC, Fender didn't offer maple necks on any basses from the origin of the Jazz bass until the late '60's and even then was only on the Tele basses, once again, IIRC. I don't recall seeing a Jazz bass built before the '70's with a maple board, and thus, people who make Jazz basses in the classic, sought after, '60's fashion, use Rosewood to be true to the time, and the tone.
     
  7. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire

  8. what's that little metal plate below the bridge?
     
  9. I own three basses and two have maple fret boards a MIA jazz and an Ibanez ATK. The only one that is rosewood is a fretless jazz. Fretless just sound wierd with a maple neck.
     
  10. pyrohr

    pyrohr

    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    It's a battery compartment :)
     
  11. When I was heavily into bass as a kid, I picked up a maple jazz in 1975. It was most assuredly second hand, but I dont recall how old it was.

    Unfortuntely, I do recall selling it for $175 to buy a new Peavey T40,which to this day I think was a better bass.

    Do they sound different? Are they faster playing? I had the jzzz, the T40 and a bicentennial Tbird with rosewood. The tbird was so neck heavy, you couldnt play it very fast regardless of fingerboard.

    The t40 is worth what Ipaidforit in 1980. The jazz, ugh, I could buy a really nice bass with that old jazz now. :(
     
  12. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Funny, both my Jazz 5 and Jazz 5 fretless are ebony, but here:
     
  13. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Tele's bring it!
     
  14. Jonki

    Jonki I will not slap my Bee!

    Oct 14, 2003
    Arendal, Norway
    three words....

    Fender Geddy Lee :D
     
  15. pyrohr

    pyrohr

    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Real strange looking Jazz basses you have there! :rolleyes:
     
  16. Juniorkimbrough

    Juniorkimbrough

    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    personally I prefer the maple, but I noticed that most of the jazzes I saw were rosewood....just got me to thinkin'
     
  17. I think it's not exceptional to have maple. Pretty common. Here's my Sadowsky j bass:

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