I'm in love with my MIM Jazz and I'm ready to get a second axe to leave at my girlfriends house so I'm covered both home and away. I've tried lots of basses in Mars and GC and I like the Fender Jazz. I really like the maple fretboard models. I can't say if they sound different because every time I've been in one of those big stores some yahoo was blasting away at top volume on another instrument. I sure do like the feel of the maple fretboard. It may all be in my head and I don't know if I could tell a maple from rosewood with my eyes shut, but I want one, dammit! Mars mailorder has the American Standard maple fretboard for $650 free UPS. It's only available in Metallic Aqua. (groaning and ing like Homer Simpson) "Uhhhhhh, Metallic Aqua). I want one. But first, questions for people that know about basses. (That's youse guys and not the bufoons at Mars). I have read the maple fretboards give a different sound than rosewood. How different? Is there anything about the maple fretboard that would make it feel different to the fingers. When I played them the necks felt thinner and somehow more playable. Could it be???