I was wondering what kind of difference the fretboard makes to the sound of a bass. I heard that it affects the tone, but to me it seems like this would be pretty insignificant compared to other things. I mean, the strings don't even come in contact with the fretboard (on a fretted bass that is) and it seems whatever changes the fretboard makes to the tone of a bass would be pretty small compared to what the body is made of or what kind of bridge and pickups it has. I guess it would make a lot more difference on a fretted bass. I'm getting a new bass soon (a Stingray 5) and have a choice between maple and rosewood. I read in some posts here here that maple is good for funk and slapping kinds of sounds. Right now, I'm leaning more toward the maple (for the sound, and I also like the look of it better).