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Maple v. Rosewood fretboards

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Starbucker, Jul 20, 2005.

  1. Starbucker

    Starbucker Guest

    Jun 29, 2005
    Billings, MT
    My vote goes for maple, but I want to see what the rest of you prefer.
  2. Wesley R

    Wesley R Supporting Member

    I wonder how much difference is actually heard in a live performance with a big bucnh of cone area and a big handful of watts. That having been said, I kinda want a maple next.

    Best of Luck,
    Wesley R.
  3. Shawnost

    Shawnost It's all about the Hamiltons baby! Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2004
    Huntersville, NC
    Depends on the sound you are after. Personally I like maple. :D

  4. The Hammer

    The Hammer

    Jul 13, 2004
  5. Racsen


    Dec 6, 2003
    maple fretboard has bright sound than rosewood right?
  6. KingOfTheRoad

    KingOfTheRoad Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2005
    Hangtown, CA

    I've got an experiment going. I have a Fender P Bass Deluxe with a maple neck. I've just bought a Deluxe series Rosewood neck on ebay. I going to do a switch over this weekend. I'm sure there will be a difference in sound un-amplified, but as was said before... you add speakers and lots of watts and the sound is colored totally.

    I'll post a comparison next week

    Cheers, RoadKing
  7. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    Both, depending on the situation. I've been a rosewood guy for most of my playing life, but recently with the combination of my latest "acquasition" and the opportunity to play a friend's/Name Player's" top-'o-the-line custom bass I've gained an large appreciation for the acoustic "snap" of maple and I think my next step up (to "high-end"/"custom-made") will be maple fretboard for the fretted.

    ...and in an interesting note, I mentioned this to the Name Player, who noted the exact opposite - that he was thinking of picking up a rosewood-based bass as "he missed that flavor sometimes" (his previous endorsement/main player was rosewood.)

    Diff'rent strokes for different folk and different situations.
  8. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Maple for looks and feel.
  9. Funky Tune

    Funky Tune

    Apr 28, 2005
    Puerto Rico
    i prefer dry tones. why for me? i think rosewood :confused:
  10. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Jul 16, 2005
    Belfast, UK
    I prefer the look of rosewood, but I'm so unattracted to most maple necks, that I couldn't tell ya anything about tonal preference.
  11. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    On a fretted bass, rosewood. On a fretless, ebony.

  12. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    On a P-Bass, usually maple. On a Jazz bass, usually rosewood. Fretless, who cares as long as it's epoxied? ;)
  13. There isn't all that much difference (to me anyways) sound-wise so it all depends on the bass...

    three tone sunburst jazz = rosewood

    black precision = maple
  14. yomchi247


    Sep 6, 2004
    smperry do you have a bigger pic of the bass that's your avatar?
  15. jiant.


    Jul 3, 2004
    Fort Mill, SC
    I've always liked the way that maple looked, but I've always had basses with rosewood, simply because that's what was available when I bought those basses.
  16. lenorules1950


    Aug 20, 2004
    Meriden, CT
    Going strictly by feel, I'd have to say I prefer rosewood 'boards on basses. Yet for g****ars I like maple better.
  17. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Human bone.
  18. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    I dig a good maple board; however, I don't like them too glossy looking. Many people say that maple boards sound too bright; but if you have good electronics, you should have a wide tonal palette.

    Here is my dream MTD with a delicious maple board.

  19. xb100


    Mar 24, 2004
    NH, In
    I'd personally go with maple, I just think it goes better than rosewood.

    But it depends, I like rosewood fingerboards as long as the headstock is black or matches the fingerboard. But if the fingerboard is roasewood and the headstock is white then I think it looks ugly. Just my 0.02$
  20. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    How about a Rose of the Mountain board like this?