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Stingray 4 EQ : Rosewood or Maple fretboard

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by shelby, Oct 24, 2005.


  1. shelby

    shelby

    Oct 24, 2005
    Hi guys,

    I'm about to buy a Musicman Stingray, 4 strings, 3EQ.
    My question is the following : which one is best a MAPLE or ROSEWOOD fretboard ??

    Thanx in advance for sharing insights and experiences.
     
  2. Bigwan

    Bigwan

    Feb 22, 2002
    Ballymena (hey)
    It really depends on the sound you're looking for - I've found the maple board stingrays I've played to be brighter with slightly more attack, but not by much. It should be pretty easy to get a similar sound from a rosewood board 'ray with a bit of eq. I bought the maple board 'cos it looked nicer (with loads of nice birdseye)!
     
  3. shelby

    shelby

    Oct 24, 2005
    Thanks for the info ;)
     
  4. Ray-man

    Ray-man Guest

    Sep 10, 2005
    After 25 years of playing StingRays, I have become convinced that it's all about what LOOKS best to you. Maybe my ears are starting to go, but I can't detect a dime's bit of difference between rosewood and maple on a StingRay. I end up buying maple because I think it looks better.
     
  5. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    Generally speaking, maple should be a bit brighter, with a bit more bite, but I don't know about on a Stingray. But I think maple looks better anyway.
     
  6. shelby

    shelby

    Oct 24, 2005
    Thank you all.
     
  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Maple looks good until the finish starts cracking. Then it looks like crap. Me, I totally prefer rosewood on any bass I own. I have one with a maple neck, but I hardly ever play it.
     
  8. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Except the current ones only have a thin oil rubbed finish that doesn't crack.

    It's 90% about looks, the last 10% is tonal. I haven't noticed much of a difference in all I've played.
     
  9. nivagues

    nivagues

    Jan 18, 2002
    My 2 cents is that Maple has a snappy tone and Rose is darker.

    Laquer necks went circa 1993. Since then, all necks are gun oil and wax finish.