Maple or Rosewood neck for Miami Blue?

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  1. Cheeg

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    Having a hell of a time deciding here. Could use some feedback on what neck you guys think looks better. Tone isn’t a concern, either will sound awesome.

    Maple looks more classic and streamlined but rosewood looks “hipper” and busier in a good way imo. It mutes the candied-out aspect a bit.


    Any opinions appreciated!
     

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  2. wooders

    wooders Strat-Talker

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    Rosewood for me. But then I prefer rosewood to maple on most any colour.
     
  3. Guithartic

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    They do both look great, but if I had to decide, I would pick the Rosewood. That Miami blue with the brown rosewood looks fantastic.
     
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    Higgins1980 Senior Stratmaster

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    I think they both look good. Personally I like the rosewood better visually speaking. However if I was gonna buy I’d get the maple because I already have a Strat with rosewood
     
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    Good point, that’s another consideration. I’m planning on adding a Jazzmaster, Jaguar, and Gibson ES 335 to finish out my guitar collection. All of these will have rosewood fingerboards. My only axe presently is a Mexican Tele, white on white with maple neck.

    It might make more sense to go with the maple on the Strat in the context of the collection. Tough decision…
     
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    I like both maple and rosewood but I’d defo choose rosewood with Miami blue.

    I’ve got a dark night am pro II and I really do like the Miami blue with rosewood. It was a tough choice and I’d still have either.
     
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    I like the look of the rosewood neck more than the maple neck with that colour.
     
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    Maple.
     
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    I'm a maple neck guy so maple all the way.
     
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    Rosewood and then get a tort pickguard.
     
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    One of each!!!
     
  12. Cheeg

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    Dark Night is an amazing color and was initially the one I wanted. Might end up getting a Jazz bass in that color down the line. I have a lot of dark-colored instruments and in the end I just wanted something a little splashier for this Strat to make it pop.

    Both colors rule though, you can’t go wrong.
     
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    fos1 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I prefer maple. Three of my daily players have maple necks. My Texas Tea Ulta is incomparable.

    However, my new AZ2204N haS a rosewood neck as does my SG.

    Subjectively, the tone is a little more mellow with the rosewood but with my old ears, who knows?
     
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    From those pics, rosewood. I think I’d have to see them in person to make a choice though.
     
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    Rosewood tames the blue
     
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    MAPLE!!!!
     
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    Ebony... :D

    Actually, I have to go with rosewood, because I prefer bare wood fingerboards. The maple *looks* good, though, I'll say that.
     
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    I’ll vote for maple.
     
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    Some folks say you can hear a difference. I can't really. I've been just wanting maple as of late.
     
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    Miami Blue needs yellow tint (sunny yellow egg yolk) for the maple. And the white pick guard => Miami Magenta. Apologies in advance for the poor photoshop skills.

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    miami blue_maple tint.jpeg miami blue_maple tint_magenta.jpeg miami blue_rose.jpeg