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As a builder I would say no maple is used because of the unfinished state of the fretboard, ebony and rosewood retain their own oils and react well with the oil of the fingers .Maple does not react favorably to oil from any source. It turns blackish and has a gummy feel when it is in contact with oils. The oil makes dirt stick to the wood hence the discoloring of it.
Violyns do use maple but are dyed w/ black to prevent this problem.
#4
Here is an Ibanez NW40 - It really looks beautiful!!












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I just found this guitar while Googling... Man now I really want it!!
#5
Personally, I think maple fretboards look cheap.

As for why they aren't used on acoustics, the first response answered very well.
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#7
wow that is really cool looking, but i'd be so angy once the discoloration starts.

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Like play with my balls."



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Quote by Mark Rich
As a builder I would say no maple is used because of the unfinished state of the fretboard, ebony and rosewood retain their own oils and react well with the oil of the fingers .Maple does not react favorably to oil from any source. It turns blackish and has a gummy feel when it is in contact with oils. The oil makes dirt stick to the wood hence the discoloring of it.
Violyns do use maple but are dyed w/ black to prevent this problem.


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