. I prefer maple necks and when buying new I go for that. I trade around a lot of used instruments and rosewood is so common that it's hard to avoid it hitching along on the rest of the guitar. I find a couple of important points: 1) An all-maple neck is a lot more stable than mixing wood types. If I'm playing several different guitars every day I find the rosewood necks need more tuning than maple. This leads right into the need for more frequent truss-rod adjustments and buzzing frets. Traditional neck finishing where maple gets coated retards neck movement while playing and in storage as well. Want to see an example of this in action? Here is a simple hygrometer built using two different woods... He cuts the wood and builds this to exaggerate the effect, but a guitar neck is much longer and doesn't take much movement at all for the frets to go from great to buzz city. 2) There is also the issue of wood sourcing. Maple is more local and much faster growing than Rosewood/Ebony/Mahogany that is ripped out of the rain forest no matter how 'managed' they try to convince you. It's like using elephant ivory. Maple is shipped shorter distances from the forest to the lumber yard to the guitar factory. And ... if you are concerned with 'Made in the USA' why not buy US grown and managed woods? Only by demanding better sourcing will your guitar factory do it. .