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#4
if you have never played/owned a GOOD ebony fretboard you do not know what you are missing
#5
Ebony, no question.
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#6
ebony
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I've never played ebony, but I've heard that Maple and Ebony feel similar. Every time I play maple and compare it to rosewood, I find Maple is much nicer to play. So basically, Ebony wins.
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#8
I like rosewood the best. Maple fingerboards tend to be finished with clear coat, and they can be a little sticky if it isn't a good finish. I have seen some good quality rosewood boards that are just as slick as an ebony board. Each will have a subtle tone difference, but the biggest thing is the look you want, and the feel. Ebony tend to be found on more expensive guitars.
#11
..... maple and ebony do not feel similar. I find maple really sticky and ive never played a maple fretboard ive liked.
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#14
ebony. i only have rosewood guitars but since ive played ebony fret boards ive been wanting to get my fretboards replaced
#15
I perfer ebony fretboards if i'm playing with les paul other than that i perfer rosewood for everything else.
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#16
i think they're "different", rather than "better". different tone, different feel... though ebony does tend to be more expensive (unless you're talking brazilian or similar high-end/rare rosewood).
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#17
I like the look of rosewood but prefer the feel of ebony fingerboard. Ebony is smooth as silk!
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#20
IMO, ebony. I've got a guitar with rosewood, maple and ebony, and except for being a smaller scale, the ebony is my favourite for playing out of the three.
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#23
its not a which is better its which tone you like more rosewood is the warmest ebony the brightest maple is between but more towards ebony side
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i think they're "different", rather than "better". different tone, different feel... though ebony does tend to be more expensive (unless you're talking brazilian or similar high-end/rare rosewood).


Thanks for giving the only answer that's not biased so far xD.

It seems that just because ebony is usually more expensive and seen on higher-end instruments it's perceived as a better fingerboard wood. The reason ebony only appears on higher end instruments is because it's more difficult to press frets into it with an automated machine without the wood cracking since it is harder than other woods (I read this not only at that douche Ed Roman's web site but elsewhere as well).

Ebony is more percussive and 'spankier' than rosewood. So to me it depends on what kind of sound you're going for. And that's the real answer.
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I like rosewood the best. Maple fingerboards tend to be finished with clear coat, and they can be a little sticky if it isn't a good finish. I have seen some good quality rosewood boards that are just as slick as an ebony board. Each will have a subtle tone difference, but the biggest thing is the look you want, and the feel. Ebony tend to be found on more expensive guitars.


+1

I like Rosewood for it's warmer tone, and feel. Ebony is somewhat harder to slide on, but then again the only ebony fretboard guitars I've played are brand new ones that haven't been worn down to the point where sliding is comfortable.
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#28
I love Ebony fret boards, the darker the better.

I hate maple or really light fretboards to me it looks very cheesy.
#29
its 100% a matter of preference so only you (ts) can answer your own question.

personally i am a rosewood guy. figured maple is sexy but rare.
#34
^ yeah, there are definitely a bunch of options. kingwood looks pretty nice too, never tried it though.

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Thanks for giving the only answer that's not biased so far xD.

It seems that just because ebony is usually more expensive and seen on higher-end instruments it's perceived as a better fingerboard wood. The reason ebony only appears on higher end instruments is because it's more difficult to press frets into it with an automated machine without the wood cracking since it is harder than other woods (I read this not only at that douche Ed Roman's web site but elsewhere as well).

Ebony is more percussive and 'spankier' than rosewood. So to me it depends on what kind of sound you're going for. And that's the real answer.




i have no idea about its being more difficult to press in frets (you're probably right though), i just know it's more expensive. it definitely has a really nice smooth feel, but you're right, the tone is a little different, and it depends what you're after. feeling very slightly smoother (and if you get good rosewood, there's not going to be all that much difference) isn't going to be much of a consolation if you don't like its tone.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#35
Ebonyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!
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#36
Defo Ebony...
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#37
Ebony, they are amazing.
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#39
I have a max 600, the ebony fretboard is slick as ****, so fun to play on
#40
Sounds like ebony is the favored wood....Well, im looking to buy a Gibson SG standard, the other guitar i was looking at was an SG robot...they are both about the same price. The standard has a rosewood fretboard and the robot has an ebony. Should i let that persuade me to get the robot? Cuz i absolutely love the standard
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