#1
We were having a bit of a discussion on the forum plan thread so I thought I'd ask the plebs the rest of you for your thoughts?

Which is your preferred wood for fingerboards and fretboards? And why?

Personally I prefer maple for a nice snappy attack and a firmer feel, best for slapping I think. I do prefer the look or rosewood and ebony though, so long as they have block pearl inlays and white binding.
#2
I play fretless so I prefer the sound of roundwound strings really digging into rosewood, but because of the damage it does I ended up coating mine with epoxy jaco style.
#3
I'm a big fan of ebony, but tend to favour rosewood on basses simply because of it's neutrality, simple looks and easy upkeep.
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#4
maple gives that punchy slap in your junk i love, my last bass i bought has maple and i'll never look back! ha
#5
I like the look of Maple but rosewood and pao ferro (my spelling might be a bit off) looks sexy
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#6
Laquered maple any day, nice smooth and fast.
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#7
I own rosewood and wenge (unless you count my Ministar, I don't) but I'm gassing really hard for a maple boarded P.
As I said in the Plan Thread, rosewood's just boring to me now. .
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#8
On fretted, maple. On fretless, pau ferro >rosewood. I love the feel and sound of maple necks.

I don't dislike rosewood, but I like the feel, look and sound of pau ferro a bit better.

On upright, ebony.
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#9
Wenge.

Everything should be made from wenge.

Or Indian Rosewood. I demand Indian now.
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#10
I love Ebony and Gabon Blackwood for my fretboards.
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#11
I love my maple neck on my sandberg, it gives it great snap as mentioned, but I think rosewood looks more classic, and I do like it, but for preference, maple
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#12
I'm gonna be the boring one and go for rosewood. I've owned basses with ebony boards before, and I quite like it - I prefer it to maple. I own a maple board USA precision at the moment, and it's just not to my tastes. I love the way it looks, but it's too hard sounding for me. I prefer the smoothness that rosewood brings. I tried two Musicman Stingrays out in the shop the other week, one in rosewood and one in maple. The rosewood just spoke to me - it sounds so much more like what I want my instruments to sound like. I'll be selling the P-bass soon and funding a Musicman Stingray in rosewood. Fortunately my Jazz is rosewood too.
#13
Hey hey, I like rosewood too, but I think it'd be cool so own something a little more "exotic". I am lucky however that my Ibanez came with a really nice grain for the body and rosewood fretboard.
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Hey hey, I like rosewood too, but I think it'd be cool so own something a little more "exotic". I am lucky however that my Ibanez came with a really nice grain for the body and rosewood fretboard.


The thing is, rosewood is an exotic wood too really. It's just not usually considered so in the guitar world because it's the standard for guitar construction. It's not until you play some of the other woods that you realise why they always fall back on rosewood. It's just "right".

[/subjective opinion]
#16
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Even nuts and piezos and Jesus should (somehow) be made of wenge.

Would love to try bubinga or snakewood as a fretboard though.


Rickenbacker 4004's all have bubinga fretboards. Pity about the Rickenbacker part .
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#18
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I love the look and feel of maple boards, but both of my basses are rosewood.

This. Exactly actually...
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#19
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The thing is, rosewood is an exotic wood too really. It's just not usually considered so in the guitar world because it's the standard for guitar construction. It's not until you play some of the other woods that you realise why they always fall back on rosewood. It's just "right".

[/subjective opinion]

Shit, I learn something new everyday. I figured it wasn't exotic because its so common and usually most if not all of the guitars in the cheap range use rosewood. I wouldnt normally associate cheap = exotic.
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#20
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Shit, I learn something new everyday. I figured it wasn't exotic because its so common and usually most if not all of the guitars in the cheap range use rosewood. I wouldnt normally associate cheap = exotic.

Have you ever got a solid rosewood body priced?
#21
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Shit, I learn something new everyday. I figured it wasn't exotic because its so common and usually most if not all of the guitars in the cheap range use rosewood. I wouldnt normally associate cheap = exotic.


As with all woods, there are varying grades of it. Some rosewood is cheap, but good rosewood isn't.
#22
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Have you ever got a solid rosewood body priced?

I doubt it can cost more than AAAAA Koa
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#23
Try 5000 year old Kauri.
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#24
I like wood from the Tree of Good and Evil. It's got the best tone on Earth, but I hear it has some serious repercussions later on in the life of the bass...
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#25
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Ebony for me. So smooth and fast and I like stainless steel jumbos for the maximum pop clank available. But I am in the school of though that there is no wrong tonewood, only warmer/darker etc. Depends on the mood or desired result.
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#26
I like maple for live performances
and rosewood for everything else,

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#27
My highschool had a Ibanez Roadstar II bass that had a maple fretboard, and I loved it. Sounded great with slap, and I found it very articulate.
#28
Ebony.
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#29
I like phenolic and phenowood fretboards. Extremely sturdy, and very low maintenance.

If I had to pick a wood though, maple is my go-to fretboard choice, with wenge as a close second.
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#30
Ebony is the king of woods in my opinion.

I love the look of some maple necks, but I hate the feel, so a good rosewood or Pao Ferro is great too.
#32
wenge with a wenge neck. Sexy and sounds really deep.
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#34
Depends on the bass. I like the rosewood on my Ibanez, but maple is nice on basses like this to get that snappiness to the tone.

Edit: I really like Maple on guitars, if that's relevant. Also, I'm not really a fan of Ebony for anything. Nothing against it, I just haven't found anything that I really like with an Ebony fretboard.
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#35
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We were having a bit of a discussion on the forum plan thread so I thought I'd ask the plebs the rest of you for your thoughts?

Which is your preferred wood for fingerboards and fretboards? And why?

Personally I prefer maple for a nice snappy attack and a firmer feel, best for slapping I think. I do prefer the look or rosewood and ebony though, so long as they have block pearl inlays and white binding.


You really can't just say I like this kind of finger board because of it sounds a certain way.

A bunch of things go into how a guitar sounds. What's the body made of? Is the neck bolt on, set in or neck thru. What kind of bridge...

Change any one of those things and you've changed the tone.

Rosewood has a more mellow tone than Ebony or Maple both tend to be very bright.

With that said

IMHO this classic combination sounds really good
Alder body
Bolt on maple neck
Floyd Rose Tremolo
Rose Wood fingerboard.

Mahogany is darker sounding wood. You'll see ebony finderboards and maple tops to brighten the tone of a mahogany body. These are often set in or neck thru
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#36
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IMHO this classic combination sounds really good
Alder body
Bolt on maple neck
Floyd Rose Tremolo
Rose Wood fingerboard.

This is the bass forum, i don't know what bass you've been playing if yours has a floyd rose
#37
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IMHO this classic combination sounds really good
Alder body
Bolt on maple neck
Floyd Rose Tremolo
Rose Wood fingerboard.



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#38
i like bubinga wenge and maple fretboards ALOT!!!! but im curious about purpleheart for a fretboard (mainly for looks but id like to know how the tone would be)
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