Maple or rosewood fretboard on a MM Stingray?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mrbaloo, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. mrbaloo


    May 9, 2002

    I think i'm into buying an used MM Stingray (or Sterling) and I have seen such basses with maple or rosewood fretboards. Are there any major differences in tone/playability or anyting else regarding the fretboard that I may take into account when buying a Stingray? Or is the maple/rosewood option only of a esthetic question?

  2. Sopel

    Sopel Guest

    Jul 15, 2003
    Wroclaw, Poland, EU
    A rosewood fingerboard is softer - you feel when the string "sits down" on the fret, but it's harder to slide, maple fingerboard is not so soft, but easier to slide. IMO you just should test both options and choose the better one for you = there is noa nother way. Enjoy your new guitar :)
  3. mrbaloo


    May 9, 2002
    Ok. Thanks!

    I mostly play my Dean Egde 4 (or my Morgan ABG) with rosewood fretboard and feel very confortable with that. Right now, I've borrowed a pre-Ernie Ball MM Stingray with maple fb. and I feel very confortable with that too. So I'll guess that it's all about visual apperance and some finger feeling, no major sound differences.
    I think I'll go for the first MM Stingray (or Sterling) that will fit my budget and fill my esthetic demand.

  4. Davidoc

    Davidoc Guest

    Sep 2, 2000
    Northern VA and JMU
    It's up to you, but I think maple looks much better-but not the yellow maple. That's just ugly. I'd say get maple. I have a stingray with a maple board and it looks beautiful. Having the neck in one piece makes it look smoother, as opposed to having a piece cut into it wiht rosewood.
  5. jivetkr

    jivetkr Supporting Member

    May 15, 2002
    I used to have a stingray 5 with a rosewood board & I sold it because the bass was just too dark. Some might like it...I dont. If it was a maple board, I would still be playing it.

    Maple is definatly brighter, but you can dial out alot of the high end if thats what you like. It just gives you more options.
  6. mrbaloo


    May 9, 2002
    Ok, there is a tonal difference between maple and rosewood fretboard afterall?

  7. mrbaloo


    May 9, 2002
  8. Rick Rice

    Rick Rice Guest

    Mar 26, 2000
    Jackson Michigan
    If ever there was a bass designed for a maple board I would say its a Stingray. If you've decided on a Ray ,might as as well get the full bite and sizzle the maple adds, the piezo pick up option wouldn't be bad either.
  9. mrbaloo


    May 9, 2002
    Ok, I have to go through the swedish used-market. I think that a Stingray with maple fretboard is the #1 choise for me...

  10. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    I have 'Rays with maple and rosewood boards. If there's any sonic difference whatsoever, its miniscule. I think the biggest difference is in the FEEL of the fingerboard, as well as its physical appearance. I'd recommend you pick the one that feels best to you.
  11. mrbaloo


    May 9, 2002
    Ok. I have now finally found an used SR that I really want to buy. It has not got the maple fb but it fill my esthetic demands. Speces: 4-string, natural body, rw-fretboard, black pick guard, 3-band EQ, about 2.5 year old. Apart from some tiny scratches (from the current owners belt buckle) at the back of the body, the instrument is in good condition.
    Do you think this bass is a good choice? I think tiny scratches are (more or less) "natural" to a bass back side and wouldn't affect the sound and the used-price very much. And since the natural colour, tiny scratches are harder to detect...

  12. Boozy

    Boozy Guest

    Apr 29, 2002
    Kelowna BC, Canada
    if YOU like it, snag it :)

    i have a natural ash/maple fingerboard/3 EQ and i think it looks like a million bucks.

    i do sometimes wish a had one with a rosewood fingerboard though, i think the tone is way different. darker/softer deffinately... not as much bite...

    ash + maple on a stingray is bright.. but it IS a stingray ;)

    rosewood fingerboards are not nearly as prone to humidity changes as a maple fingerboard... especially with that unfinished neck.

    maple looks better in my opinion... especially on a natural finish.

    quite a difference in ash or alder too, in my opinion... ash is brighter, alder maybe a bit more resonant.
  13. Airsick Pilot

    Airsick Pilot Cleopatra

    Jul 29, 2002
    Cockpit(throwing up)
    My thoughts exactly.
  14. cods

    cods Guest

    Sep 16, 2003
    get a desert gold(orange) stringray with a maple fretboard, and a white pick up.

    the epitome of sexy.
  15. mrbaloo


    May 9, 2002
    Ok, but it's really hard to find a used SR with the exactly right speces out there in the used-market.
    In Sweden almost every used SR that is for sale, is translusent red with a rw fretboard. In fact almost every used SR (irrespective of the body colour) comes with a rw fretboard.
    What I don't want is a translusent red SR because it would then compete in the colour chart with my translusent red Dean Edge 4.
    This used natural SR-bass (with a rw fretboard) that caught my eye, have a really great look in my opinion. I wouldn't mind buying it even if it doesn't come with the maple fretboard.

  16. Boozy

    Boozy Guest

    Apr 29, 2002
    Kelowna BC, Canada
    you might actually preferr the rosewood over the maple. doesnt hurt to play it and see how you like it. i like the maple for cosmetics, but rosewood and ash really sound good together in my opinion. mmm, trans orange with rosewood, now that looks sweet.
  17. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia

    When I bought my Ray, I could have walked out the door with a rosewood neck, or wait several weeks for a bass with Maple neck to be shipped out from the states. I chose to wait for the Maple. Then I was informed a bass would have to be made especially for me in that colour/neck combination so it would be mort like 4 months. I decided to wait. It was worth it.

    As for looking better than rosewood, I agree if we're talking brand new of from a distance. But maple necks tend to look a bit worn and dirty after they've been played for a few months. Doesn't bother me but it could bother others.
  18. Treena Foster

    Treena Foster Guest

    May 28, 2003
    I'm from Venus.
    I use maple boards and I use rosewood boards!

    I feel the maple board is brighter in sound........don't you??