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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Oct 3, 2004.
Which would you choose for the fretboard on a P-Bass - maple or rosewood? Why?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
maple cause like the way it looks
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 cause there both great!!!
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
I'll go with Warm and fat, Go rosewood!
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.
Black P-bass with a maple fret board.... yum.