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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Newman, Dec 5, 2001.
just wondering which you like better and why, rosewood or maple? What's the difference? Thanks
Boy, this is a new one on me.
This is a very subjective topic, and tonal qualities of each are subject to change from piece of maple to piece of maple, and so forth. Also, there are some people who claim that a small, 1/4 inch thick piece of wood won't have as much of an impact on sound as an inch thick piece of wood underneath it...
Yet others will claim that the "surface" piece of 1/4 inch thick fingerboard will make a difference because it's the point of contact between soundwaves and the instrument. It's up to you to decide.
That in mind, I've found that rosewood tends to sound a little warmer, where maple sounds a little snappier, particularly on the treble side.
Which is better? Again, it's up to you to decide.
My opinion on finger board woods:
Whichever looks better on your bass The difference between rosewood and maple is subtle as it is. Your audience certainly wont be able to distinguish between them. so just get whatever matches your bass. But for tone, I prefer rosewood.
This one has been debated a lot lately, and you might get more information if you do a search on this topic. I posted a reply to this very question just a few weeks ago. You'll get the info you're looking for, and a lot more of it, through a search. Good luck.