Maple vs Pau Ferro Fingerboard. TBC

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


  1. Growler

    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?

    Thanks
     
  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.

    -ryan-
     
  3. Growler

    Growler

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

    Thanks.
     
  4. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive 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

    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

    Lorenzini

    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    The difference is minimal.

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