Which Fingerboard for Alder/Tulipwood Body???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jokerjkny, Jun 4, 2002.

  1. Maple

    3 vote(s)
  2. Wenge

    2 vote(s)
  3. Ebony

    2 vote(s)
  4. Other

    1 vote(s)
  1. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    Hey all,

    this may seem a bit obtuse, but what fingerboard would you recommend for an alder body or Tulipwood body? and that's good for 40% slap playing as well. nothing too dark or mellow.
  2. Listen


    May 19, 2002
    Bird's eye maple, looks cool and it easy to play on.
  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Brazilian tulipwood or American tulipwood (a.k.a. yellow poplar) ???

    I like all of your listed choices for brightness and a hard attack (ebony is pretty versatile, though). So, it comes down to the visual aspect to me.

    But the type of tulipwood would affect the fretboard wood I'd prefer;

    - Brazilian tulipwood is highly figured and colorful, so a more monochromatic wood may work better, visually.
    - American tulipwood is plain-jane, typically, and a highly figured, very hard, wood with contrasting colors for the fretboard is what I'd go for. Maybe a board of very "stripey" macassar ebony -

  4. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    thx Rich!

    you seem to know your tulipwood. so then how's the woods tone differ from say, Alder or Swamp Ash??
  5. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Not to be problematic, but, again;

    - which "tulipwood" are you referring to? That seems to be what you need to nail down first. One is a rosewood and the other is a poplar and that's just where the differences begin.

  6. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA

    just gimme both! i aint picky... :D

    thx again.