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Maple fretboard...or darkwood

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Myzee, Feb 23, 2018.

  1. Myzee


    Oct 9, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Looks of the bass are very important to me long with the usual sound and feel. I just can't help it.....I just DO NOT like the way a maple fretboard looks. Any darkwood does it for me. Rosewood, Wenge etc. Ive owned one bass in my 35+ years of playing that had a maple fretboard.
    What about you? Anyone else not like the way maple looks?
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  2. Maple looks great with a sunburst P. It really just depends on the instrument.
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  3. Gee Man

    Gee Man Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2016
    W. MA.
    I'm with you, I've owned maybe two instruments over the many others over the years with maple FB. No idea why, just my aesthetic, apparently. No hate to maple FB lovers, of which their are legion.
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  4. JKos

    JKos Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2010
    Torrance, CA
    It really just depends on the overall look of the instrument. Some look better with maple, some look better with something else.

    - John
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  5. I love maple! I love rosewood! I love ebony!

    I have all three and like them all. My favorite bass does have a maple fingerboard but I'd like it as much with ebony or rosewood.
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  6. saabfender

    saabfender Inactive

    Jan 10, 2018
    I like the way maple looks, can't stand playing bass guitars with maple boards. Feels too hard and sounds too bright. However, that's the way I think Strats (like mine) and Teles should be. If you can rock a bass with a maple board, you have more options open to you.
  7. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Suspended Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    I hate rosewood necks, interestingly though, most of my basses have rosewood necks.

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  8. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    Darkwood is the name of my new fantasy trilogy.

    Look for it in bookstores in early 2019.
  9. mrjim123

    mrjim123 Supporting Member

    May 17, 2008
    The Gene Deer Band
    As far as looks I like maple, especially with black block inlays. I don't know why, but a Rosewood fretboard just feels better. I've owned both. My next bass will be Warmoth, probably either a maple or Pau Ferro fretboard with black block inlays (and black hardware!).
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  10. Snaxster


    Nov 29, 2008
    Mmm... maple.

  11. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    So you say you "just can't help it". And you say you "owned" a maple boarded bass. So I presume you no longer have it.
    Well, in the interest of helping a fellow TB'er, I think there is a deeper problem underlying this issue. My approach to it is below.

    I think it would be best if you were to get another maple-fretboarded bass. A cheapie would be fine.

    Here are the "Thens":
    --Then hide it under your bed.
    --Then wait for unexplained noises to start coming from under the bed.
    --Then go to sleep with one arm and hand draped over the edge of the bed and discover if anything will grab it, perhaps starting out as a gentle brush against your hand.
    --Then see how long it is until the headstock (also maple) starts to inexplicably and repeatedly be slightly moved while you are away so that it is "peeking" from under the bed.

    --Then get back to us.
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  12. Agreed. I’ve only owned three basses in my life. A blue burst with ebony fingerboard and matching headstock. A green burst with ebony fingerboard and matching headstock. And a black with rosewood fingerboard and matching headstock.

    You’d think I was only interested in dark boards and dark headstocks. I’m gassing for a Ray with maple board and unfinished headstock...
  13. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Currently don’t have any maple boarded basses, but I am building one and have owned several... never noticed or thought about a difference in feel.

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  14. There is a definite softer feel to rosewood when compared to maple or ebony. Sonically more subdued, also. Out of 14 basses, I only have a couple of with rosewood. Two are ebony, the two Rics have bubinga, and the rest are maple. There isn't one of them that's not comfortable to play (even the Carvin is great in that regard, I just can't get used to it). As a youngster I thought maple necks were the coolest looking things ever. Maybe that's why there are so many in the stable.
  15. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Maple sure looks good on these two.

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  16. Madhouse27


    Sep 19, 2016
    I'm just the opposite....love the looks of a maple board on both basses and guitars. I've got two rosewood board basses that seem to be getting less and less use.
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  17. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Own 1 ebony, 1 maple, and 1 rosewood.
  18. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    I don't care about looks.
    Fret board feel is something many can adapt to.
    If I need a quick glance to check finger position, I like maple a lot more.

    I still wrestle with the question of tonal difference (Fender P's).
    Never had 2 basses that were close enough in age to be sure (1960 vs. 1972 or 73' maple).

    You Fender guys ever have 2 P's that were the same approx. weight in alder, same era, same strings, and the only difference being the finger board? Question being is there a consistent difference.
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  19. micgtr71


    Dec 4, 2012
    I love me a maple p. Ditto maple strat. Ebony on the paul and the acoustics. Phenolic on the mod. On a fretless it is rosewood with flats. I like the feel of maple with frets
  20. Im a Maple kind of guy... I have one Rosewood neck bass and 4 Maple fret board basses ..all from the Fender Family
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