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MM Stingray - Fingerboard

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by barroso, Dec 30, 2003.

which one?

Poll closed Jan 29, 2004.
  1. Rosewood

    17 vote(s)
  2. Maple

    46 vote(s)
  1. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    Stingray players, which kind of finderboard on your bass?

    Rosewood or maple?

    And why did you choose one over the other?

    Sound, feel, cosmetic, neck stability or other?
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I dont own a Stingray but its my dream to have one someday. I really like maple fingerboards. I like the added brightness for slapping, and it gives it a more funky sound. Also i think they just look amazing.
  3. I also dont own a Stingray but i perfer the looks of Maple on them.
  4. flywheel


    Jul 9, 2003
    Shawnee, KS
    Sorry...I can't vote in your poll b/c I have both. I've always really liked the way maple boards look on guitars, especially when they have that older look like on the pre-EB Rays. I don't know why??? Anyway, I've always liked the FEEL of the rosewood boards better. I have two Rays with Rosewood and my most recent has Maple.

    Everyone says that Maple adds brightness. I disagree...if they have new strings-- all of my Rays are incredibly bright. I don't slap when I play, that could make a difference I suppose.

    I also have a Dillion Ray copy with a maple board and I don't like the feel NEARLY as well as my Rosewood boards but it's OK.
  5. maple+stingray=supersexy!
  6. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    Maple boards, especially with the incredibly thin finishes on the MM necks, get soiled pretty easily.

    I'm still not entirely convinced that there is a huge difference in tone between maple and rosewood boards (look how much of the string contacts the board....and on open notes, well, you see what I mean) but rosewood is easier to maintain in any case.

    Also...Bongos have only rosewood.
  7. PJR


    Jun 20, 2001
    N.E. PA
    Although I have heard this......I've had no problem with any of my Maple fretboard basses , MM's included.

    Of course, you do need to wash your hands after changin' out the carb in your '83 Dodge Duster 1st .... :)

    Agreed. Especially in a full band context.

    Alas, the real reason behind the Bovine bias for rw fretboards !! :)

  8. I love maple boards, IMO, they look awesome!

    I tried two MM SR 4's, one rosewood and one maple, I have to agree to an extent that the tonal differences and practically nill, but the maple just felt right.

    Maple necks are a definite for me, too!

    I also love that worn old look maple gets!


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    ditto. the maple looks very nice!
  10. mrbaloo


    May 9, 2002
    I have got a MM SR 4 with rosewood fretboard. Originally I was looking for an used SR 4 with maple fingerboard and natural body finish but I ended up with an sligtly used natural body/rosewood fretboard MM SR 4 instead. I don't regret this bass at all. I have got experience of playing/gigging a lot with a borrowed SR 4 with maple fretboard and as far as I can say both basses are good but I like the rosewood feeling better...

  11. nivagues


    Jan 18, 2002
    I have both.

    The Pre-EB is maple and brighter than the EB which is rose. But I haven't compared the former with a rose nor latter with a maple.

    As to cosmetics...I like rose with light finishes and vice versa :)
  12. I like rosewood on any bass, or guitar. It makes any instrument look more "finished," if you know what I mean. Then again, I much prefer women with dark hair.

    Consistency. :D

  13. Go fore the maple fret board, I am crazy of the sound of maple board combine with ash body

    It perfect if you slap, and thatÂ’s my style of playing

    And I like blond girls
  14. I own a stingray with a rosewood fretboard. I think rosewood just has a smoother action, like it has more raw power.
    and you have to admit, this looks very sexy:
  15. todd 4ta

    todd 4ta

    Apr 3, 2003
    I vote 3 to 1 for maple over rosewood!


    The '76 and '77 are both maple, the '79 is rosewood (someone fretted a fretless), and the '85 is maple.

    As you can see I have never met a stingray fingerboard I didn't like. I prefer maple, but rosewood is OK, too.
  16. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    Early this year, I would have said the score was.....

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    Maple:2 Rosewood:3

    ...but now, I don't know, maybe....

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    Rosewood:4 Pau Ferro:1
  17. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    I've got a maple board on my Ray5 and i like it. It does show all the dirt/grime that is on it for all to see. I haven't cleaned the board yet-don't really plan on it. I'd like to own a rosewood boarded Ray5 along w/a collection of bongos. On the bongo subject: i had the chance to play a 5er setup w/the single coil @ neck w/bucker @ the bridge. I like. I want. Maybe in a year or two. :D
  18. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    Mine is maple and the decision was purely cosmetic. Those who have said that the maple soils are absolutely correct, but I reckon the bass looks better for it. It adds a certain toughness and character.
  19. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    I've got a Rosewood on my Lakland, But if I were to buy an SR5,, it'd be Maple.
  20. I got maple on my SR4 because of aesthetical reasons and the fact that I heard maple sounds brighter.

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