#1
oh and are they just the same or do maple necks have better qualities or vice versa?
#2
I prefer maple on Stratocasters and Super Strats and ebony on everything else.
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Maple necks are softer and will stain, but rosewood is harder and provides better sustain.



What?


Do you have any proof of this?
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i like rosewood better, its just easier to play for me

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Maple ftw.
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Rosewood for me, I like it.
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What?


Do you have any proof of this?


Rosewood boards are harder and more dense, and its particles are closer together, which provides more contact between the wood.

Therefore, more contact + more mass = more sustain.


Or just google it if you want the EXACT "scientific" response
#11
I don't like maple at all for finger boards it makes a guitar look cheesy.


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Rosewood boards are harder and more dense, and its particles are closer together, which provides more contact between the wood.

Therefore, more contact + more mass = more sustain.


Or just google it if you want the EXACT "scientific" response


Alright. Fair enough.


I doubt very much of the sustain comes from the fretboard anyways.
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#13
I like both, like maple for my blues stuff and rosewood for metal/hardrock. Played on an ebony necked guitar before, they are nice but not my thing.
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#17
Maple. Especially the coated ones or whatever, not sure what it is, but I played it on a strat and it was the best feeling neck ever. Plus, Maple looks sexy as it ages and turns yellowish.

But Birdseye maple is the best
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Rosewood for me
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Maple.

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#23
I assume you're talking about the fretboard and not the actual neck? In terms of the fretboard, it's kind of funny. I love the look and feel of Maple much more but almost all of my guitars have Rosewood fretboards, haha. There are just too many other factors that always sway me towards the ones with the Rosewood and I'm not big into customizing my guitars.
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Rosewood boards are harder and more dense, and its particles are closer together, which provides more contact between the wood.

Therefore, more contact + more mass = more sustain.


Or just google it if you want the EXACT "scientific" response


But wouldnt the fact the maple necks are one peice and the rosewoods arent do more for sustain.

I prefer the look and feel of maple personally. Rosewood feels a bit softer to me.
#25
birdseye maple
fretboard isnt a huge factor on tone or sustain its mainly for the look.
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#26
...Well, necks, maple.
But fingerboard? Ebony.
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#27
In my opinion the shaper attack, snap and sustain of Ebony boards can't be beat, and their smooth dark surface looks kickass imo.

Have 3 guitars, 2 rosewood, one ebony, and if I buy another guitar hopefully it will be Ebony too.

But out of maple and rosewood i'd say i prefer rosewood as I like a clean f/board and prefer the darker look. For now that is. Who knows, I might acquire an axe with a maple f/board and actually really enjoy it, but i prefer finished necks personally.
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But wouldnt the fact the maple necks are one peice and the rosewoods arent do more for sustain.

I prefer the look and feel of maple personally. Rosewood feels a bit softer to me.


The fact that the neck is one-piece maple means nothing. Its molecular structure is a little looser and inherently weaker than rosewood and ebony, so how many pieces its made of wont matter.

Think of it this way: the neck could be a one-piece grade AAAA plywood and it would still have less natural sustain than a 14-piece maple neck.

#32
Rosewood on my strat but i do like the maple on my wolfgang.
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#33
Maple necks are slicker over time, but when you first play them they feel sticky. Rosewood has a "harder" feel, as in the wood feels more like genuine wood under your hands, while, in my personal feel and experience, after a couple weeks adjusting, you learn to apply enough pressure to get a note without touching and sticking to the fretboad, making you faster overall, or at least I did.

In short; Rosewood is easier, but maple will make you a better guitarist, or at least it did for me.
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#34
Ebony over rosewood, except for when the neck is made of maple, then I want a maple fretboard too.

Birdseye maple = Epic win.

I've played on all 3, but ebony and maple feel much better than rosewood to me.
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#35
I am one of the few people who prefer rosewood because it looks good on everything. A maple neck on an LP wouldn't look nice.