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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by marshallb461, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. brians

    brians Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    48
    994
    Nov 28, 2016
    ZA
    Tbh this is becoming like " does a red car go faster than a white one?" Its choice.....have both, maple and rosewood,really don't get this big difference tone thing , if it is a good guitar, then it's a good guitar, blindfolded, i don't believe anyone can say " oh yes , that's a rosewood fretboard " just thinking its a lot of Bs, mostly comes down to what looks better for you, luv em both!
     

  2. Borgatomic

    Borgatomic Strat-Talker

    303
    Sep 30, 2017
    .
    Maple for me.

    If you want to go "faster" get the one with the racing stripe down the back like mine.
     

  3. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    47
    Jan 8, 2016
    philadelphia
    I prefer both. I would never pass on a guitar I liked because of the fretboard wood.
    When I purchased my latest strat, I set out to buy a maple fretboard and definitely not a sunburst.
    What did I come home with?
    A rosewood board, tobacco burst strat.
    I picked it up and it was "the one". I love when that happens.
    But my absolute favorite is my ebony board less Paul. Go figure.
     
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  4. R00STER

    R00STER Strat-Talker

    Age:
    50
    169
    Nov 21, 2016
    US
    We don't need no stinking science when we've got conjecture and speculation!
     
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  5. That635Guy

    That635Guy Strat-Talker

    Age:
    15
    180
    Oct 26, 2017
    Delaware Ohio
    My favorite is ebony, but rosewood is close. It’s still too pink for me though
     

  6. Stratdejavu

    Stratdejavu Strat-Talker

    Age:
    38
    155
    Dec 31, 2017
    Unknown
    I’m my opinion rather than saying this guitar sounds different cause has a maple neck and vise versa, I’d go back several steps and look at the big pictures and ask myself the question, what are the factors that can determine the tone/sound of my guitar. For example it makes no sense IMO to say I prefer the tone of rosewood over maple without specifying your type of pickups or the guitar body type/wood or string guage or amp setting or ...etc.
     

  7. Uncle Fiesta

    Uncle Fiesta Senior Stratmaster

    I prefer maple for the look, and rosewood for the feel, but I've never noticed a difference in the sound.

    Come on guys, be sensible, how can the fingerboard wood possibly affect the sound of a guitar? It's WOOD! Pickups can only hear METAL!! This is getting perilously close to that tonewood rubbish that people talk about bodies.

    It's the shape of the neck that's important to the sound. That's because if a guitar feels more comfortable to you, you will play it more, and play it better. So it's you that's making the sound, the neck is merely influencing that.
     
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  8. nutball73

    nutball73 Strat-Talker

    376
    Nov 12, 2013
    Southern UK
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  9. Fettmajik117

    Fettmajik117 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    35
    87
    Dec 26, 2017
    Iowa
    Depends on the maple shape. I played a fernandes maple neck on my 62 MIJ reissue for years cause it just felt better than the fat maple w/rosewood that came with it. But most generally I find rosewood boards have better rounded edges that are more comfortable to my hands.
     

  10. marshallb461

    marshallb461 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    16
    156
    Jun 14, 2017
    Texas
    Personally, I chose a gloss maple fretboard because rosewood fretboards need more maintenance eg. you need to occasionally put lemon oil on them. With maple, all you might need to do is wipe it down every once in a while to remove dirt build up.