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Maple vs Pau Ferro Fingerboard. TBC

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Growler, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. Growler


    Sep 26, 2004
    So I'm looking at getting an active bass, as my current workhorse is a Fender MiM-P with seymour duncan 1/4lbs. I'm all for blues and funk (70s).

    I had the chance the other day to play a TheBassCompany rig but it had a maple fingerboard (maple neck), I was wondering would having a pau ferro fingerboard warm up the tone a bit?

    Can maple v pau ferro be accurately described?

  2. Whoa.. I just read that same f.a.q in another thread... Anyhow... Pau Ferro is actually a brighter sounding wood. For example, check out a Spector. Alot of Spector's use the Pau Ferro fingerboards, and the signature Spector tone is often described as being pretty bright.

  3. Growler


    Sep 26, 2004
    So it looks like it comes down to appearance... Figures :)

  4. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    That's what I think, too. And that's a good thing: get the board that best matches your choice of finish!
  5. bassbully43


    Jul 1, 2005
    I have Pau Ferro on my new Fender Jazz 5 and i really dont see a huge diff from reg maple but it is brighter than rosewood. I love the carmel color and stripes on my fretboard so it is looks for me...although this is the best sounding Fender i have ever owned.
  6. Lorenzini


    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    The difference is minimal.

    Pao Ferro can get some beautiful figurings but maple is still my fav.