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Maple or Rosewood Fretboard

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by badgerman, Sep 25, 2013.


  1. badgerman

    badgerman Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2013
    I'd be interested to hear the way folks describe the differences between maple and rosewood bass fretboards. I have a G&L SB-2 with a maple fretboard and sometimes I feel like it's too bright for my tastes. I'm assuming a rosewood board would be less bright, but does it lose some clarity?

    What are the pros and cons of the two woods? What are people's preferences?
     
  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    Start Here:

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  3. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Pennsylvania
    Yeah, but I was looking for ONE more!
     
  4. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    There are more, I haven't updated the list since 2012.
     
  5. msb

    msb

    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    Heh heh
     
  6. SpruceGoose54

    SpruceGoose54

    May 21, 2013
    This should be a sticky.
     
  7. badgerman

    badgerman Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2013
    Whoa. Geez. Sorry, should've searched better. Thanks for all the links though!
     
  8. Philibuster

    Philibuster Supporting Member


    +1
     
  9. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    OK badgerman.
    Please read every post in all the threads, and write a synopsis.
    Please be brief, and concise.
    One sentence will do.

    Thanks.
     
  10. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    That would stop me from the pleasure of hauling out the list every time a new member asks. ;)

    I also have one somewhere that's Jazz v. Precision.
     
  11. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Minneapolis
    Ready?

    Maple is brighter than Rosewood.

    Except when it isn't.

    You're welcome.
     
  12. JellinWellen

    JellinWellen

    Oct 18, 2012
    Texas
    What makes you think its the maple board causing it to be so super bright? Strings/nut/bridge/PU/PU placement/EQ have more of an effect on your sound than what a small layer of fretboard wood will have.
     
  13. SpruceGoose54

    SpruceGoose54

    May 21, 2013
    He was just making a clever joke. The point was it's all subjective to the listener.
     
  14. badgerman

    badgerman Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2013
    You bet, here goes.

    Rosewood is better.

    Also:

    Maple is better.

    The end.
     
  15. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Ebony.
     
  16. BigOkie

    BigOkie

    Nov 28, 2010
    Oklahoma City
    Ivory
     
  17. DanGouge

    DanGouge

    May 25, 2000
    Canada!
    Which one makes for the best bass for metal? :bag:
     
  18. GM60466

    GM60466

    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Ebony
     
  19. Relayer71

    Relayer71

    Jun 25, 2009
    NYC
    Yeah but those are joke posts, every one knows Jazz basses are better, they teach you that in first grade. :bag:
     
  20. inate_hex

    inate_hex

    Apr 4, 2010
    Manchester, England
    I occasionally wet the bed.
    one is a darker colour and one is lighter colour.
     

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