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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rodslinger, Nov 24, 2019.
Lol no doubt
Well THANK YOU. Indeed, just stain the silly thing if you don't like the color. I have a magic Strat with a PF board and everyone loves it as much as I do.
It's merely a fingerboard. Accounts for about what, 5% of the total amount of materials on the instrument? Big deal.
I like PF, have a few instruments that use it, including my #1, a 1997 US Jazz V Deluxe.
I never heard of anyone having a problem with Pau Ferro when it was used on Fender’s Roscoe Beck or Stevie Ray Vaughan signature instruments.
I have no problems with pau ferro's physical/tone wood properties. But I still think rosewood looks prettier. I like my rosewood as dark as possible though. If I preferred lighter rosewood I would probably be 100% happy with a NICE pau ferro fingerboard. However, many pao ferro fretboards aren't nice. I see at least 4 downright ugly ones for every nice one. Rosewood is more consistenly pretty for my taste, even if it varies in darkness.
It will depend on the color of the body too. In some cases I might actually prefer pao ferro but not if I'm going for a classic Fender vibe with classic Fender colors like 3TSB, Sonic Blue or CAR. With a natural finish exotic wood I could easily prefer pau ferro in many cases though.
Fender CITES Changes - Rosewood vs. Pau Ferro Fretboards
There is disagreement about the hardness. Most people stand by Pau Ferro (you know, Ironwood) being harder and brighter than most Rosewood.
In terms of color and tone it is a poor replacement for Rosewood.
It is too orange and the grain is kinda ugly.
Fender can do whatever they want. I don't buy Fenders.
Pau Ferro feels worse and does not have the pourous feeling of real rosewood.
I prefer maple (bright cool!) over ebony (dark cool!) over rosewood (meh) over pao ferro (poopy) for my own aesthetic sensibilities.
But you do you.
Stop hating on maple boards.
That's why it's the best wood for metal.
Ebony is. It is darker!
None more black.
I think most Pau Ferro boards on Fenders just need a good dab of mineral oil (Fret Doctor, Dunlop Lemon Oil, whatever you're using) when they come out of the factory, but so do most of their rosewood boards too. I like my Player P Pau Ferro, and I like rosewood and maple fretboards too. I'm not too crazy about (usually) dark, smooth ebony, but I don't hate it.
Here's my bunch:
Pau Ferro is lighter, more red-brown than the rosewood boards next to it, and Stingray has a darker rosewood than the Sunburst P bass. To me they're all just different shades of pretty.
I used to dislike Pau Ferro too. But after applying some oil to the board, the wood can look rich and dark if you care for it. So now it's fine with me (still prefer maple though)
I couldn’t get a gig to save my life with my pau ferro bass. Somebody handed me a rosewood one out of sympathy and now the money is really rolling in. The audience says it sounds way better too. Go figure...
you've attracted a few bottom feeders with your thread, but no one here hates pau ferro enough to do anything but give you some grief about your POV. fact is: everyone loves pau ferro. a few love rosewood more. looks are for kids.
I've been waiting patiently for the "but is it good for metal?" posts in this thread. Thank you.
Sure, look at most of the pictures in this thread or take a trip to GC and look at anything Fender has put out in the past year with it. It can look good... it just usually doesn't.
Lol quite honestly it is. I used it in one of my old metal project. But yeah, I’m sure someone will chime in with that one.
lol there was a time I loved them. Then old age set in lol