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Rosewood or maple fretboard on a P-Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Oct 3, 2004.

Rosewood or maple fretboard on a P-Bass?

Poll closed Oct 17, 2004.
  1. Rosewood

    35 vote(s)
  2. Maple

    48 vote(s)
  1. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Which would you choose for the fretboard on a P-Bass - maple or rosewood? Why?
  2. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Go play a few. I have both, I like both, they still sound like P-basses.
    For some people it's "feel thing" [raw rosewood vs lacquered maple] some people can "hear" the sonic difference [IMO maple is a little brighter and rosewood a little darker; but then what is the body made out off, what pickups, what bridge] and still for some it is all in the looks [what color board goes with what color finish]; it's all basically subjective anyway. In the end, how will YOU know what you like if YOU don't try 'em YOUR SELF.
  3. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    If I got a P bass it would probably be used mostly in hard rock settings; anything from punk, to hardcore, so Id go with maple.

    Its got a little more top end and bite to it. Not a huge difference, but its there.
  4. Squidfinger

    Squidfinger I wish I could sing like Rick Danko.

    Jan 7, 2004
    Shreveport LA

    Hey Aaron, so rosewood is raw and maple is finished? Does that mean maple requires no upkeep while rosewood needs to be remoisturized every couple years?

    I would go for the rosewood just because I prefer a more mellow sound.
  5. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    Mappppllleee! :bassist:
  6. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
  7. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    So rosewood has a more mellow tone and maple a more biting tone, right? Is it really that noticeable? Can you point me to an example of each in a popular song or classic rock song?
  8. pistoleroace


    Sep 13, 2002
    I had John Suhr comfirm this for me just the other day. Maple only needs to be cleaned where Rosewood needs to be cleaned and then oiled. And you should do it less than the "every couple of years" you mentioned.
  9. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Yes, its noticeable to people with a good ear, but its less determining in the sound of a bass than other factors, but i definitely notice it.
  10. etherbass


    May 24, 2004
    hey man.. i play a maple fretboard jazzbass and i can tell a huge difference from my sisters rosewood jazzbass. the maple bites through more and has a cleaner sound. great for funk, jazz and rock where you want the bass to be really defined. I do like rosewood as well though..has a more dark and woody sound. its up to you.. try them both out through the same amp.
  11. Anti_Wish


    May 14, 2004
    Boston, Ma
  12. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
  13. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    maple cause like the way it looks :)
  14. maple
  15. If you want a quick guide, just take a look at the materials used by Fender on there different signature models, designed to emulate the tone of those artists. Two that come to mind are the Marcus Millerand Geddy lee models. Both bright punchy and snappy, and Maple. Now look at the Victor Baily and Jaco basses, Warm and fat and rosewood.

    Now there are other factors such as ,build quality, body woods, neck, pickups, etc. But the the whole is an equation that will add up to your tone.

    Play them and decide. Then buy one of each :D cause there both great!!!
  16. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Yes, although I don't "remoisturized" my rosewood ones very often [and on maple I only clean the board when I change strings; http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=144519 ] I find cleaning and re-oiling is somewhat more important on a fretless because after a few years the gunk messes what your sound :p
  17. bassjamn

    bassjamn Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    San Francisco
    I'll go with Warm and fat, Go rosewood!
  18. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Id use a P for the same thing even with a maple board. P basses are perfect for that you just have to change how you attack the strings.

    Did you use any compression or preamplification when you recorded? That would definetly make a difference.

    I belive that the difference really only shines through the mix if you're playing really agressively. Its in the presence and attack of the bass that I notice it.
  19. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Black P-bass with a maple fret board.... yum.
  20. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York