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what's harder, maple or rosewood?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by clef360, Sep 9, 2003.

  1. i'm thinking of getting a cheap fretless bass to fool around on from rondo music. Which fretboard(fingerboard?) wood would ;) last longer, maple or rosewood? or, should i just save up for a bass with an ebony fingerboard or something?
  2. optikill


    Aug 1, 2003
    To my understanding maple is a denser wood than the two aformentioned choices.
  3. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    According to this link, maple is harder but rosewood is denser. I don't know how either affect longevity.

    The thing about a maple fretboard for fretless, however, is that the maple will probably be finished whereas rosewood board probably won't. I don't know how a finish will affect longevity either. :p
  4. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    But to address the bigger point: I wouldn't worry at all about durability of the fretboard. Just get a fretless that plays nicely... that's the most critical factor, especially if you're considering a cheapo.