Pau Ferro, Rosewood, Ebony and Maple Necks. Pau feels dry?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Brucegomb, Jul 23, 2021.

Which one do your prefer: Pao Ferro, Rosewood, Maple

  1. Pao Ferro

  2. Maple

  3. Rosewood

  4. Ebony

  5. Any Neck Is Fine

  6. Anything but Maple

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  1. velvet_man

    velvet_man Senior Stratmaster

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    All of my guitars are rosewood. I like the look of ebony, but I've never played an ebony neck. I don't mind playing maple necks, but I don't care for the look unless it's paired with a light coloured body, and I tend to prefer dark colours.
     
  2. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    I just play them as they are
     
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  3. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member

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    I likes 'em all
     
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  4. dbb541

    dbb541 Strat-O-Master

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    I have all of them and like them all. Pau necks feel very nice but to me, but they look the worst. I don't like the lighter color, at east on mine it's lighter. As mentioned, it was also very dry when I got it, some oil did darken it a bit. Here's a precision guitar kit LP junior I did with Pau. I think it would have looked so much better with ebony (rosewood was not an option).
    Guitar on left Pau, SG is ebony (also precision guit kit).

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  5. WelhavenT

    WelhavenT Strat-O-Master

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  6. cranky

    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm with you on this.
     
  7. SalvorHardin

    SalvorHardin Strat-O-Master

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    Maple. Since I was a kid, and felt a maple fretboard. My JS copy is rosewood, or whatever isn't maple, and it's fine, since I don't bend that much on it. But the feel of maple is all.
     
  8. EC Strat

    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I mean it was just soaking up the oil
     
  9. EC Strat

    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Old English Scratch Cover for dark woods will most definitely darken it up pretty significantly. That’s what I did with mine and it turned out nicely
     
  10. dbb541

    dbb541 Strat-O-Master

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    I might try that. I use old E lemon oil now. Is the scratch cover similar? Does it leave a film or anything?
    Thanks.
     
  11. EC Strat

    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    No it’s very different. It’s not an oil I don’t think. More like a stain / dye It soaks in with no residue.
     
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    tygr1 Strat-Talker

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    Ask your wives if they have any 'Argan Oil', mix with a little lemon juice and you have your fretboard oil. Works on my LP great. All my Strats are Maple, lol.
     
  13. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Dr. Stratster

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    Yes, PF sometimes has a different texture. I don’t spend much time touching the fretboard, so material really doesn’t matter much except for appearances.
     
  14. Bakelite1

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    Modern fretboards replicate materials that are no longer available. Ebony and Rosewood are exotics. They were difficult to obtain and companies hoarded them. A Gibson made in 1970 might have wood cut decades earlier. The lumber sat on shelves, drying in low humidity, until needed. They were rare all along and supplies were known to be dwindling after WW II. When the good stuff became depleted lesser varieties assumed the titles and companies did cosmetic work to make them more presentable. Modern woods must be treated to be acceptable. Kiln dried, dyed wood will not feel (or sound) like a seven hundred year old tree that was harvested fifty years ago.

    I blame Pau Ferro on all the other Boomers. :)
     
  15. Slacker G

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    All six of my Strats and my Tele have Maple fingerboards but the seventh Strat and all my other guitars have Rosewood boards. But I don't care because all I play are my strats anyway. My Ebony SG board plays just fine and the neck is as fast as Maple. I like the feel of it.
     
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    Will that stuff stain or discolor the maple parts of the neck if it gets on it? Or do you have to mask off the neck before using it?
     
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    I don’t think you really need to. Maple will be finished and it won’t soak in. I just wiped it off of it dribbled onto the maple part. Didn’t stain it.
     
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    I decided to try pau ferro this time.

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  19. Wound_Up

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    Weird. When I posted this same question a few weeks ago, I got all sorts of grief from multiple people about "Again?", "Can't you use the search?", "why does it matter? None of them is any better than any other fretboard", etc...
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  20. Bladesg

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    I'd have any and all but I do have a preference for RW boards as it turns out.