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maple board on a jazz: yes or no?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by wolfatthedoor, Mar 26, 2004.

  1. I've played a Precision a couple years now, but after experimentation and a lot of debate, I've been seriously eyeballing the Jazz's for a while now. However, it seems as if by default its pretty hard to get a Jazz with a maple fretboard (like my trusty Precision) without paying a hefty price for a deluxe American model. Can anyone tell me why this is so? I'm a little more thrify - I wouldn't mind having a MIM or even a deluxe MIM model, but they only offer rosewoods.

    Is maple not a good combo to use with a Jazz? Anyone had any experience with it? Any preferred woods with jazz?

    I would figure with the bright sound i achieve on my precision, and because i'm just now getting into slap, and because the feel of a maple board is just SO choice :), its a logical move. Thanks for help.
  2. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    The Geddy Lee Sig Jazz comes with a maple fretboard, you can fine one used for good price. A great bass for the price IMO, even as new.
  3. Emprov


    Mar 19, 2003
    For some reason, every newer J that I've tried w/maple fretboard hasn't felt quite right. The older ones feel great but the new ones, not so much to me. I much prefer the rosewood boards if you're talking about a new Fender.
  4. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    Try a Geddy Lee or a Marcus Miller jazz. Both have maple boards, and both are very reasonably priced.
  5. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    I prefer the Maple Board on a Jazz and even more with an ash body. :)
  6. Pause


    Jun 4, 2003
    Miami, FL
    I've got a maple neck/board on my Jazz... it's that Geddy Lee signature
  7. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003
    Lakland Joe osborn, with maple fingerboard.
  8. natrab


    Dec 9, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    I love my 75 RI with maple neck, though it is pricey.
  9. vacman


    Mar 8, 2004
    portland, or
    maple fretboards rule. :p I think they give you a cleaner tone.
    I had a p bass with a rosewood fretboard and now have a p with a maple fret board and it makes a WORLD of difference.
    jazz bass with swamp ash body and maple neck is my idea of tone heaven :D
    Keep the funk Alive!!!!
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  10. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    I have a fretless maple P neck on a jazz body. It's my main bass.

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    Jan 4, 2002
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  12. cods


    Sep 16, 2003
    maple = awesome.
  13. Bayou_Brawler

    Bayou_Brawler The most hurtful thing ever realized

    Oct 23, 2003
    Ann Arbor, MI
    i like the rosewood.........and maple :)
  14. I agree with 3 suggestions:

    1) Geddy Lee

    2) Marcus Miller

    3) Lakland JO
  15. BoiNtC


    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    I believe the Fender American or whatever you wish if it comes in maple according to their website you can order one through any Sam Ash.
  16. birdsg


    Dec 18, 2003
    Birmingham England
    I bought an American Jazz 4 weeks ago with maple fretboard and love it. Feels so smooth to play and great tone. I would say if you can afford it go with the American over MIM but thats just my opinion - hope it helps.


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