I've been playing mostly the same bass for the last 15yrs - Fender Jazz body/P neck with other goodies. Fingerboard is maple (I've had others as "toys" and also a decent acoustic bass that I like, but the Fender is what I usually play). I'm looking to get another good bass, and have been checking my choices. I understand that maple fingerboards tend to yield a brighter sound (although, as everything else, different people say and hear different things). But other than that, what are the relative differences, both sound and playability. I'm doing lots of playing on my own - just interested in why others have their own preferences. Thanks for any input.