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Not only in sound, but in feel, rosewood is usually just satin finished so taht you can even feel the wood's grain, but maple is more polished, with more of a glossy finish over it.

In sound maple is brighter, some dudes on youtube did vids with mostly two of the same strats exept from the fretboard, so that you can actually hear and compare, but I believe it's mostly a question of feel, because you can always bend a bit of the given sound with the EQ, not dramatically but eh...
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I'm thinking about getting a P Maple Fingerboard neck and putting it on my MIM Jazz. I like the high snappy sounds. btw, this is kind of offtopic but still on necks, do P and J necks have different tonal characteristics because of their sizes?
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because that's relevant, and helpful as well.

Anyways, the only bass I currently own has a rosewood neck, but I think maple is sexy. Hopefully my next bass will have a maple neck.
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btw, this is kind of offtopic but still on necks, do P and J necks have different tonal characteristics because of their sizes?


Yes, although i'm not sure exactly in what way. it might have a tiny bit more sustain too but probably not enough to notice.
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I have a Stingray 4 w/ maple neck, and compared to my Stingray 5 w/rosewood fretboard it has a lot more bite, and its easier to make it growl. The 5 however is much warmer and darker.


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Yes, although i'm not sure exactly in what way. it might have a tiny bit more sustain too but probably not enough to notice.


The increased mass of a P-Bass neck should in theory increase sustain and the tonal qualities of the maple (there being more of it), whether you'd notice it or not is unlikely. But hey, do it, and we'll all find out!
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I love maple necks esp. on Precision basses. Bright and punchy.

My Ibanez has a rosewood fretboard--the sound and feel are warm but I prefer maple. Plus living in a non-humid climate most of the year, I'm constantly having to oil the fretboard to keep it from drying out.
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maple. it is win.

ebony. it takes the win even farther.

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#12
I noticed that some of the new necks that can be purchased do not have the cylindrical piece that can hold the D and G strings down. Is this piece necessary? Or will not having it cause the string to pop out of the slot?
#13
Can people honestly tell the difference in tone between fretboard woods? I have a hard time believing people can discern that when it's a thin layer of wood that doesn't really touch the body.

I don't know. I've never really compared maple and rosewood, etc. It kind of makes me think you hear a difference because your mind expects to hear a difference.