#1
besides the color (duh) what's the biggest differences between maple and rosewood?
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Hm... Are you sure you're not talking about fretboards?

There are rosewood necks, but I have never seen one except on shoot-me-now expensive PRS's.
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#6
Almost certainly fretboards. I know of rosewood necks on Pack Leaders (40 odd were made) but maple/rosewood/ebony are the standard fretboard woods. Ebony is the hardest and matches an otherwise all Mahogany guitar (like early LP Customs). Maple is next hardest and helps give Fenders their very bright sound when paired with Ash or Alder in the body. Rosewood is softest and works well with Ash, Alder and Maple-capped Mahogany. It is also used a lot on basswood guitars with Maple necks to give a well-balanced tone range.
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#7
MusicMan make a few guitars with rosewood necks (or did, I'm not sure if you can still order them) and the old Ibanez Reb Beach model and his new Suhr signature model have rosewood necks too.

#8
I never did get how the fretboard affected the sound.., doesn't the string get cut off at the frets when you push down anyway? I always thought it was more of a preference for bending notes
#9
A maple fretboard gives a slightly-brighter-than-average tone. A rosewood fretboard gives a warmer tone, while ebony gives a brighter tone. Now if you're talking baout necks, it's taken to much more of an extreme; maple necks produce a very bright tone while rosewood necks produce perhaps the thickest and warmest tones of all.


Also, Fender used to make some Telecasters with rosewood necks, and Warmoth makes a lot of them.
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#10
As well as the tonal difference, they have a slightly different feel. maple also doesn't take well to being treated with fretboard conditioner.
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A maple fretboard gives a slightly-brighter-than-average tone. A rosewood fretboard gives a warmer tone, while ebony gives a brighter tone. Now if you're talking baout necks, it's taken to much more of an extreme; maple necks produce a very bright tone while rosewood necks produce perhaps the thickest and warmest tones of all.


Also, Fender used to make some Telecasters with rosewood necks, and Warmoth makes a lot of them.

I've also seen a stratocaster with a rosewood neck in the hands of Joe Walsh.
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#12
My Suhr has a cocobolo (=rosewood) neck:





It has a very smooth feel and I reckon the sound can be best described as ' articulated, but not overly bright' .
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Eh, cocobolo does have a significantly different tone to the more common rosewoods used in guitar manufacture, hence why it's always specified as being cocobolo and not just lumped in with the other rosewoods. Same with bocote. You can't really judge a common "rosewood" neck or fretboard by the standards of cocobolo.
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