Your post is interesting, because I have 3 Strats and 1 Tele, of which 2 of the Strats are alder bodies and Maple necks, one Strat is an ash body and rosewood fretboard, the Tele is a Basswood body and maple neck. All have very different pickups. Here's what I notice: The two alder/maple Strats and the Tele all sound fairly similar, despite the difference in pickups. They are fairly similar acoustically as well. The ash/rosewood strat is a totally different beast, both acoustically and plugged in. It has a much deeper, rich bass, and a very rich, complex upper midrange. It really sings. So I'm hearing exactly what you're describing. My maple necked guitars have a much more fundamental tone, and the rosewood Strat is very rich, complex, and 3 dimensional in comparison, and this is when all guitars are played through the same pedalboard and amp. I don't know how much can be attributed to fretboards, as the rosewood Strat also has an ash body, and I have not swapped pickups around on the guitars to see what kind of difference that might make. I would have to do some experimenting to isolate the exact cause, if it even can be isolated. To throw a wrench into the works, my Les Paul also has a similar complexity and richness to the tone like the rosewood Strat, and though it also has a rosewood board, the rest of the guitars construction, and pickups are very different from a Strat, as we all know. Anyway, regardless of what the underlying cause of the difference may be, the end result is that the rosewood Strat and The Les Paul have taken the #1 and #2 slot away from my American Standard Strat and my Tele. Come to think of it, both the rosewood Strat and the Les Paul have transparent red finishes. Perhaps that is the reason they sound better.