do you have a preferance for fingerboards

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  1. hendrixfan

    hendrixfan Senior Stratmaster

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    i myself like rosewood board i,ve also heard maple wears down faster{don,t know if thats true or not}i quite like the look of ebony but have never played an ebony board
     
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    I far prefer rosewood, don't like that finish on maple fretboards, much prefer the warm feel and sound of rosewood, I think maple fretboards look horrible when that finish starts to wear off too.
     
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    metalguru72 Strat-Talk Member

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    I prefer the look of maple. I find that think changing your strings, action and eq on the amp make more difference to the sound than the choice of wood.
     
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    My first couple of strats were rosewood fretboards. It was only after playing a friends Strat Plus with maple fretboard that I even thought about the differences. I know prefer not only the look but the feel of a maple fretboard. For me personally they sound the same, but that may change.
     
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    I prefer maple.
     
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    Maple sounds best to me...rosewood is better looking
     
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    johnreardon Senior Stratmaster

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    do you have a preference for fingerboards?

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    Seriously I couldn't care less. Looking at my lot, I seem to have:
    7 maple
    1 ebony
    13 Rosewood
     
  8. RussV

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    Maple looks nice but feels sort of sticky to me so I'm on the side of rosewood.
     
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    I like Rosewood.
     
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    Rosewood

    I think the maple finish makes it sticky in the beginning. Also I think that the finish, as it wears, tends to look like stains, which I don't really care for. The rosewood can be treated and looks really nice. As far as tone I think they're the same.

    Pete
     
  11. stratluvr

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    Maple.... Looks better and feels better to me..

    Also i kind of like the way it ages..
     
  12. Jefro

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    I prefer rosewood.

    Was also told Maple boards cost more to re-fret
     
  13. talibanhunter

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    My RG has a rosewood board, tele has a rosewood and my strat has a maple. I Never understood why a guitar (the roadhouse strat) that's supposed to model SRV's sound, has a maple fretboard...Anyway...it doesn't matter to me what kind of wood is on the fretboard, i do feel like rosewood is easier to play though.
     
  14. bobthecanadian

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    I prefer clean ones with shiny frets.
     
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    perhaps they did it because he did play a maple fretboard at times

    YouTube - Stevie Ray Vaughan - Lenny (Live at El Mocambo)

    YouTube - Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan - Pipeline
     
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    My concern is more fret size than maple or rosewood. Give me a flatter radius and medium jumbo's.
     
  17. talibanhunter

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    Thanks john. I was aware he played a maple on occasion but he was famous for his rosewood fretboards. It appears it was his fretboard of choice. Maybe I'm wrong. This link shows his main guitars he played. His main 2 were rosewood.

    Stevie Ray Vaughan's Guitars
     
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    Just posted them to show he sounds very much the same regardless of fretboard
     
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    Got ya. I just recently finally finished learning lenny and no matter what guitar I play it on, it still won't sound like SRV. I'm fine with that though. I'm just ecstatic I finally learned one of my all time favorites!
     
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    i could go for both, but i only have rosewood (for now)