Maple or Rosewood neck for Miami Blue?

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  1. Jmart1212

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    That blue looks great with rosewood
     
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    I like both with this colour, but if you could find a way to dullen the blue slightly the rosewood contrast would be neat.
     
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    Sonic Blue with rosewood is gorgeous, I am also on the hunt for a jazz bass in that color combo.
     

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    Man this is tough, but not a bad situation to be in all things considered.

    At this point I like the rosewood strat’s looks better. However, over the next couple years I’ll be adding a few other guitars to my collection, all of which have rosewood fingerboards (jazzmaster, jaguar, es-335). So that particular look is going to be the bulk of my collection.

    I feel like this is my one chance to fully embrace the maple look on a killer American made guitar. Probably should just take the plunge, I enjoy variation a lot and it’s such a classic look.

    Also being the owner of a mexican tele with a maple fingerboard, and a P bass with a rosewood fingerboard, I do prefer the feel of the maple fingerboard.

    So at this point leaning toward the maple but will sit on it a couple more days. If I wasn’t getting any other guitars I’d pick the rosewood so that means something…

    Thanks to everyone for chiming in, it helps a lot.
     
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    I agree the darker yellow looks fantastic, I’m really glad Fender went with that for this line. My AmPro 1 Precision Bass is olive green and rosewood but the headstock is the palest maple you can find, almost white. Looks great with that particular combo of olive green and rosewood, but would look awful on this Miami blue Strat!
     
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    I had to go look at a Miami blue Strat with a r/w fretboard at Sweetwater to compare because they use a white background. I would definitely go with maple.
     
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    I prefer rosewood with Miami blue. I almost bought one last week actually.
     
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    I have a Miami blue one with rosewood which is fairly dark that I like. I put on classic gear tuners because I prefer the way they look and work to modern tuners. The maple looks great too and as you can tell by the responses opinions are a dime a dozen and all over the place. That's why they offer them in both.:)

    Blue is a hard color to take a picture of. The guitar doesn't ever really seem to have the shade of blue in this picture but that's what my phone thinks it is.

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    Man that’s one gorgeous guitar! I’ve read that they are actually greener or more turquoise than they appear in photos for some reason. I really love the blue in your shot.
     
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    I am a Maple guy, but with Miami Blue I do think the Rosewood looks better. Less of a clash of colors. Just my irrelevant .02.
     
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    I think you totally need a RW board here
     
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    Yes, definitely a hint of green on them and matches some hues of turquoise. The camera doesn't seem to pick up any of the green but in some lighting it kind of looks like that. Mine is almost a partscaster at this point. Swapped the tuners, switched pickups with Klein Epic 59's, highwood saddles, raw vintage tremolo springs. Could easily be put back to stock though since I still have everything. Plays more to my liking now though.

    I was actually at Guitar Center the other day and played a Miami Blue one with maple neck that was in the store. Looked real nice and played great. The neck on that one felt slightly beefier than my rosewood one. I doubt that's consistent between the rosewood and maple ones. Probably just luck of the draw. I think they both look nice. To me the maple pops a bit more and the rosewood looks a bit more refined. Maple is ready to party and rosewood would like a nicely aged single malt scotch.
     
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    Just my opinion, I think light color guitars look best with maple necks and middle of the road to dark guitars look better with rosewood.
     
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    I normally prefer rosewood, but in this case the maple looks better.

    But the real answer is: pick the one that feels best in your hands.
     
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