maple vs. rosewood fingerboard..?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by J Gold, Apr 12, 2012.

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  1. J Gold

    J Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    All things equal, does a maple fingerboard have much of a feel or sound difference over rosewood?

    I only ask because all of my basses have ever been rosewood and the various species associated with it. I never liked the look of maple, but am considering it now..
  2. no, i think its 99.9% cosmetic
  3. 100% not "only cosmetic" at all.

    Yes it does. Maple is a bit brighter with a quicker/snappier attack. Rosewood is a bit warmer sounding, as its a slightly softer wood.

    Here is what Roger Sadowsky has to say about the various fingerboard tonewoods he uses:
  4. J Gold

    J Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Roger knows his stuff, so that helped....
  5. Frudua GFJ 5 Bass - Rosewood vs versus Maple fretboard - YouTube

    Why don't you see for yourself? Here's some light fingerstyle. Though when comparing tones, a much heavier attack makes the difference that much clearer, you can still hear a pronounced difference in this clip.

    Edit: Just noticed the passive tone roll-off knob is set slightly differently on those two basses. Damn.
  6. darkstorm

    darkstorm Guest

    Oct 13, 2009
    Maple fretbaord has finish on it. Rosewood does not. The feel of wood versus finish makes rosewood better to me. Not a fan of maple fopr looks or feel myself. For broghter snappier sound then rosewood Id pick ebony rather then maple.
  7. phillybass101


    Jan 12, 2011
    Artist, Trickfish Amplification Bartolini Emerging Artist, MTD Kingston Emerging Artist. Artist, Tsunami Cables
    Purely subjective on my part but I have to have a maple board. I do own two basses with rosewood boards but my very next purchase will have a maple board. The puchase after that has to be rosewood or ebony as it will be a fretless. I had a frteless P-Bass with a mapple board. It was very pretty but not warm sounding at all.
  8. Peepaleep

    Peepaleep Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2010
    Las Cruces, NM
  9. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta Guest

    Aug 23, 2011
    My only maple fingerboard sounds much different than my rosewoods....maybe because it's fretless :bag:
  10. roden

    roden Guest

    Aug 30, 2011
    i believe its pretty 80-90% cosmetic, there are factors that have bigger impact like Pickups,Bodywood, strings, amp, Room, the player?
    the different tone wise between Rosewood and maple would disappear in band/song context
  11. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    sorry to close, but this is one of those topics that's really been done to death. If you do an advanced search for "maple rosewood" in the title only, you'll get a long list of threads to read through. :)
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