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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Wound_Up, Jun 4, 2021.
My roasted maple shaft/rosewood fretboard sounds brighter than my roasted maple shaft/ebony board
If I'm playing within my comfort zone it makes no difference. If I'm playing at the limit of my ability then I need to look at the board and the greater contrast provided by darker woods is helpful.
Rosewood - all my guitars have rosewood fretboards except one custom made tele; that one's packed with resin (phenolic) fretboard&nut...pretty interesting feel with lot of sustain, no tear or wear visible for the last 20 years of use and actually no maintenance (just a dry cloth during regular string changes)...
I'll say it again: Maple. Always maple, on any guitar
Rosewood is my preference. But I base it on the esthetic blend with the body color/finish.
Ebony. Tone! Tone! Tone!
I was getting an Am Pro II and fell for the black. But I just didn't like the look of the maple board. Ended up with 3-color sunburst with rosewood. I doubt there is any difference in sound that I can distinguish, but the looks of it makes me perhaps happier with it. So i play it more often. So for me, it matters.
Was buying a used car. Salesman asks what color I'd like. I explain that color is irrelevant, but age, milage, owners etc is relevant.
He asked again. I told him again.
Ended up with a model and make and I heard myself ask "But do you have it in light grey?"
I like maple because the same action looks lower on maple than it does on rosewood... Yeah I'm like that...
Also the best two necks I ever had, tonewise, were maple. I don't think they affected the tone or EQ per se, but maple just seems to ring out MORE.
I have rosewood, maple, ebony, and black walnut in my collection. I'm pretty comfortable with all of them, no real favorite.
Thanks. I wonder if Fender puts boat laquer on the Jako bass fretboards.
Pau ferro and Jatoba have been growing on me... (pun intended)
Edit: Pau Ferro is a very dense and hard wood that was the main source of exploitation from Portuguese conquerers when they found Brazil in 1500's. They pretty much cleaned the coast out of it.
TBH, I like tall narrow frets and couldn't care less what material is the fretboard if the guitar plays nicely.
Is that a white dog hair on that board?
A scratch I had to fix. Did it cleaning the slots. Doh.
I’d like to get another telecaster and a blonde byrdland at some point.
I also recommend people who like lobster to try Florida lobster, which, I personally find has more flavor than Maine lobster.
For some guitars maple fretboard works. Rosewood and a harder darkwood work for really all of them. The rest of the darkwoods, we know that's based on availability & whether a wood species is banned because of species extinction and waiting for trees to grow again without ruining the environment. For me, I'd rather periodically oil a Rosewood fretboard for maintenance as opposed to a maple neck compressing and showing that finger traffic for wear & tear.
I like the Indian Laurel they are using on current model Epiphones.
But a nice C neck profile is what I like. If the neck feels good I don't really care what fretboard material is used.