P-Bassers: maple or rosewood?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by supermetroid, Mar 8, 2003.

  1. Maple

    22 vote(s)
  2. Rosewood

    19 vote(s)
  3. Other

    2 vote(s)
  1. Which do you prefer for your fingerboard, maple or rosewood, and why?
  2. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Louisiana, US
    Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
    i have always disliked the look of maple fretboards on any instrument.
  3. Ben Mishler

    Ben Mishler

    Jan 22, 2003
    San Jose
    Rosewood, because I looks better, which is the main reason fret board woods matter, besides fretless. Sure it changes the sound, but not that much IMO.
  4. Nocturnal

    Nocturnal Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2002
    Chandler, Arizona
    I've never liked maple fretboards. Not sure why. I've seen some that look nice on certain basses/guitars but it's just not for me.
  5. Rosewood. For some reason, I just don't like the feel of maple as compared to rosewood. And to me, I can feel more a difference when playing, than with sound. But I do feel rosewood warms things up a tad.
  6. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Maple. It looks better to me, and it also has a brighter tone with quicker response.
    It's easier to get heard in the mix with a maple fretboard.
  7. Damn, that's a cool avatar.

    Notice that all the original Fender Precisions had maple boards. Later, when the bright sound of roundwounds became the standard, Fender began favoring rosewood boards. (I'm not sure exactly what I'm trying to say here.)
  8. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Thanks for the avatar.

    I'm not sure about what you're trying to say neither. :confused:
  9. tyson


    Feb 9, 2000
    Dallas, TX
    maple for electric bass.
    rosewood for double bass.
  10. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    I've never seen an upright with rosewood fingerboard.
    Do you have examples ?
  11. tyson


    Feb 9, 2000
    Dallas, TX

    i don't own one but i've been craving the Maestro bass here...
    he says it's not a as good as the ebony fingerboard but i think it's prettier and looks less formal.
  12. I'm glad we're in agreement here. :D
  13. asnutter


    May 11, 2005
    Southwestern PA
    rosewood gives that nice, round, warm tone to the p bass...
    I like the bright, poppy snap you get with a maple on a jazz though...
  14. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Rosewood. I like the warmth it seems to give over maple.

    I did a A/B test with an 01 maple MIA and a 98 rosewood MIA (both stock, and both strung with Slowounds) and the rosewood sat better in the mix, imo.

    Even the drummer commented that the rosewood MIA sounded nicer, and when the drummer notices anything like that........ :D
  15. Scott in Dallas

    Scott in Dallas Commercial User

    Aug 16, 2005
    Dallas, north Texas
    Builder and Owner: DJ Ash Guitars
    I can't hear the difference, and since the pickups are 1/4" from the strings, I'm unsure how anyone else could, at least through an amplifier. I like the look of rosewood. I'd bet this is going to be 50/50 based on looks.
  16. ZolkoW


    May 8, 2006
    Hungary, EU
    I voted rosewood. Normally I would choose that, but now I'm building a P (actually a neck for an existing body) which MUST have a maple fb. neck... only because the killer looking.. (dark grey body)

    I like the bright sound of the maple, too. and the warmth of the rose... now I want a bright sounding bass with a maple board.
  17. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Because of the warmer feel of naked wood over the laquered maple.
  18. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Both:D have both, like both.