Maple Gloss and Satin finish tone differences

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TjMetalhead, Feb 20, 2014.


  1. I was wondering if there are any tone differences between playing a bass with a satin finish maple fret board and a glossy finish maple fret board.
     
  2. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    No.
     
  3. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    This.
     
  4. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I'm quite sure someone out there will claim they can hear a difference.
    To me, absolutely not.
     
  5. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Am I really reading this?

    Sadly, I am.
     
  6. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    I hear a difference, but it may be because of my use of authentic clay dots rather than modern reproductions.
     
  7. I was just wondering, obviously there will be a different feel, no need for condescension here, thanks!
     
  8. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
    No difference on the fretboard but I do find a slight difference in the tone on gloss maple necks and satin maple necks. The tone difference is small but noticeable to me the player. I find the gloss necks don't allow my hand to slide as freely and therefore I have a tendency to not fret as accurately on a gloss neck especially on faster songs. Other than that there is no real difference.