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LETS TALK FRETBOARDS - MAPLE,ROSEWOOD,EBONY, EBONYL?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by richbassboy, Nov 20, 2010.


  1. richbassboy

    richbassboy

    Feb 11, 2010
    :help::bassist::hyper::smug:
     
  2. Tommygunn

    Tommygunn

    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    This has been done 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 times.


    That being said I vote maple.
     
  3. Bassdirty

    Bassdirty

    Jul 23, 2010
    CT
    +1


    (cant wait for my ATK..blowout special :bassist:)
     
  4. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    oh-boy-here-we-go.

    Wenge.
     
  5. Reaper Man

    Reaper Man

    Jan 15, 2010
    MA
    on all accounts

    though if I had my druthers I'd have one of unobtanium
     
  6. I'd like to insert something here about the tonal superiority of maple, and the fantastic playability inherent in maple fretboards, but that's just my bias (and my BS). Nothing scientific here; I'm just a maple guy.

    When it comes down to it, I just love the way a maple fretboard looks. My ear isn't good enough to tell the difference in fretboard wood when playing, but my eyes still work well enough that I will pick maple over rosewood 99.9% of the time.
     
  7. maple, between those two. but it's just for the looks, because I still don't believe such a thin piece of wood actually makes that big of a difference for the tone. that being said, I'm currently playing a wenge one, and liking it a lot
    ebony for fretless.
     
  8. Catbuster

    Catbuster Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    Louisville, KY.
    I like RW for P and P/J basses...

    I like Maple for Ash bodied Jazz basses, and Geddy styles (Alder/Maple)

    Ebony for fretless...
     
  9. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    What is it that you want to discuss exactly?
     
  10. Infidelity

    Infidelity Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    Melbourne, FL
    :help::bassist::hyper::smug:

    A hyper:)hyper:) bassist:)bassist:) needs help:)help:)? :smug:

    BAMBOO!
     
  11. PLYWOOD
     
  12. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    I hear Balsa cures neckdive.
     
  13. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD

    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    I like ebony.
     
  14. Green1

    Green1

    Sep 23, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Maple for Fretted
    Ebony for Fretless
     
  15. Goncalo Alves. Yes sir.
     
  16. Assumer

    Assumer

    Mar 26, 2003
    Arkansas
    for me rosewood.
     
  17. Ebony for everything. But don't tell everyone or we'll run out.
    Best if 99% go for maple as it's cheap.
    Board wood makes more difference than body wood to the sound I believe.
     
  18. spaz21387

    spaz21387

    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    It seems to me that maple seems to have a rounder tone, and rosewood seems to be punchier and slightly more harsh. I like both and have basses with both maple and rosewood fretboards.
     
  19. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Pao Ferro... it's like rosewood and maple had tree baby bastards.
     
  20. ezstep

    ezstep

    Nov 25, 2004
    north Louisiana
    I have had ebony and maple fretless, and I have had ebony and maple and rosewood fretted. (Still have several)

    Overall, I prefer ebony. IHMO, it looks better and sounds better. But, I like coffee-flavored ice cream. Fortunately, Baskin-Robbins has at least two or three flavors. :)
     

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