Rosewood or Maple?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by subsonic, May 14, 2005.

  1. Which do you prefer for your fingerboard and why?
  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Rosewood, or wenge...I've had maple, but like it better for guitar necks. It does change the tone, but not enough for me to make a big deal of it. I like the look of darker wood on a fingerboard.
  3. bovinehost


    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    What a cool idea for a poll!

    Wish I'd thought of it.

    By the way - Jazz or Precision?
  4. Ostinato

    Ostinato Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Toronto ON
    I can see the frets better on a rosewood fingerboard.
  5. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Depends on the color of the bass.
  6. Mr.Phil


    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
    I like the color of rosewood.
  7. i can't answer that really, i have one rosewood, one maple, and one ebony, all depends on what sound i'm trying to get from the bass
  8. Though I started learning on a bass with a rosewood fingerboard (my Fender RB5), I've been lately playing maple fingerboards exclusively. I like the clarity and snap of the maple, especially for slapping and popping.
  9. Dirty Dave

    Dirty Dave

    Oct 17, 2004
    Boston, MA
    My personal favorite is ebony, but I'd have to go with rosewood here. I like the look and feel much better than maple.
  10. conk97


    May 2, 2005
    redditch, uk
    rosewood - it looks nicer and i dont like the feel of maple
  11. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    Pretty much every bass I have owned has had either rosewood or ebony. One had wenge. It was nice too. I just always seem to put the maple 'boarded basses back up at the store. I never really thought that much about it.
  12. Marcus Willett

    Marcus Willett Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2005
    Palm Bay, FL
    Endorsing Artist: Bag End - Dean Markley - Thunderfunk

    Solid color = Maple
    Natural Finish = Rosewood
    a) Brighter (cherry, etc) = Maple
    b) Darker (tobacco) = Rosewood

    Simple , eh? ;)
  13. I have played rosewood, but I am a player of maple now. The feel, sound and look...Can't beat it.
  14. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    Totally! Black bass with maple board ==yum :)
  15. Andre_gt7


    Jan 4, 2005
    Atlanta - GA
    Maple is just pretty...and good sounding
  16. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    I like the bright, clean, clear, focused sound of maple. I like to do a lot of chordal playing and the maple seems to give the voicings more clarity. It also seems to have a faster response and a little more snap when I need it.

  17. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    I like a well finished maple board!
    But I can't stand a maple FB that has thick "Bar Table"
    finish on it. The finish needs to be smooth and buttery to play on!
  18. MAPLE BABY!! Rosewood just seems to have a rought and cheap feel to me. I prefer a sold color fb. I also like the tone better. When you are on a darkly lit stage, or the lights are going crazy, maple is much easier to see too. :ninja:
  19. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Poll limited to 24 hours...