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Why is it so hard to find a bass with a maple fretboard?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BrianToska, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. BrianToska


    Jan 14, 2013
    Houston, TX
    I typically do not buy new instruments (maybe I'm weird), but I, for the life of me, cannot find a Jazz bass with a maple fretboard. I've checked the bay, craigslist, local shops, and local pawn shops. Nothing! Sorry for the rant. I guess the search continues
  2. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
  3. lolmont


    Jan 2, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
    Maybe I'm wrong, but I think it's that rosewood is the more popular fretboard. Watch any music video or live performance or talk show performance most musicians seem to rock rosewood for Guitar/Bass. With that logic less around means gonna be harder to find on a used market.
  4. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
  5. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
  6. The majority of makers do have that option. Even Spector offers it now, after almost 40 years in the biz.
  7. I've had no problems getting maple on almost all of my instruments (two Fenders, 1 Jazz, 1 Strat, two Squiers), except for my Epi LP Jr. Certain makers are more likely to have it as an option than others, though, i.e. Fenders offer it on most models, Gibsons don't.
  8. There may be more of them in rosewood... but there are tons in maple!!! :confused:
  9. Fender make
    good maple neck basses. They are out there. My jazz bass is maple and I love it. Keep looking and be patient. One will turn up if that is what you really want.
  10. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I'd be hard pressed to think of any builder that does not make basses with maple boards.
  11. AuntieBeeb


    Dec 12, 2010
    I know Schecter offer maple and rosewood options on their Diamond Series basses. I was fortunate enough to have both side-by-side to test when I bought my Model T - confirmed my preference for rosewood, admittedly, but the maple board was still very nice!

    The Model Ts are a P/J config though, might not be quite what you're after - but it might be worth looking at the rest of that range to see what's available.
  12. devilman666


    Apr 23, 2011
    manchester nh
    Ibanez Atk 805 e
  13. gordon5377


    Mar 15, 2009
  14. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    You checked Da Bay? I searched "jazz bass maple" and counted 19 whole jazz basses (not counting necks selling separately) got bored and came back to this thread.
  15. AuntieBeeb


    Dec 12, 2010
  16. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    Hes looking for used not new. But yes, Rosewood seems to be more popular.
  17. mystic38


    Dec 4, 2012
    Mystic CT
    funny really, every bass that i see that i find interesting seems to have a maple fretboard, and i prefer rosewood on basses