#1
So I was thinking about getting a new Fender Blacktop Strat, (major GAS right now), and I pleasantly discovered that they have two fingerboard options, maple and rosewood. Now I like playing lots of 90s alt rock, and I have observed that alot of 90s players used rosewood. I'm guessing this was for the darker tone. So rosewood=mellower, maple=snappy, more cut. True? False? You be the judge...
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#2
That's what people mostly say. Some people say the opposite. Some people don't even care and just choose them based on looks.

It all gets lost in the gain anyway.
#3
I just like the look of maple better, but I do have a basswood/rosewood RG and an ash/maple metal tele and the tele sounds snappier, but that is ash vs basswood too.
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#4
Make your life easier and just like anything other than Maple.

They are hard to refret and a pain to find on a guitar that is cheap.

But they look awesome
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#5
For me, it's not an issue of sound, but of feel and aesthetics. Maple is typically finished, while rosewood is not. Make a huge difference in the feel of the fretboard under you fingers, especially on a guitar with low frets. For aesthetics, it really depends on the guitar. Just whatever floats your boat!
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#6
It's not gonna make that big of a sonic difference, pick the one you like the looks of.

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#7
Every maple fretboard that I've tried has been a lot more comfortable than rosewood, but that's just me.
#8
Yeah I have noticed that the maple 'boards have a much softer feel overall, like as in the whole neck itself. Maybe it's just the one piece thing. Idk. I do have a Duo-Sonic with a maple 'board and it's definitely very snappy even through the massive amounts of gain I often employ. So maple 'boards=better for lead guitarist, and rosewood=better for rhythm?
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Yeah I have noticed that the maple 'boards have a much softer feel overall, like as in the whole neck itself. Maybe it's just the one piece thing. Idk. I do have a Duo-Sonic with a maple 'board and it's definitely very snappy even through the massive amounts of gain I often employ. So maple 'boards=better for lead guitarist, and rosewood=better for rhythm?

It's the finish of the neck and the fingerboard that makes it feel more smooth.

As for the other thing, that's entirely personal preference.
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#11
My favorite fingerboard wood is ebony, but it's hard to find that in a strat. I'm a rosewood guy myself... nothing against maple, I have a maple necked strat now, but for some reason I've never really "connected" with a maple board strat the way I have with rosewood.
#12
It's more about how the guitar looks overall, IMO.

Strats need maple. Rosewood fretboards with the unfinished headstock just look horrendous.
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#14
I've never really had a preference. I've loved and hated the feel of guitars with both. Don't overanalyze it though, it's not a huge deal.
#15
I switched between the two for decades and didn't know I was supposed to hear and feel a difference. Then I discovered guitar forums.
#17
I like maple and rosewood

^ I like Ebony too greg
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#18
the only kind of fretboard i know i don't like is a thick finished maple board with small frets.

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the only kind of fretboard i know i don't like is a thick finished maple board with small frets.


Yeah I had a ash/maple Tele years ago and I really wish I would have not sold it. That guitar was as fun if not more fun than my PRS CE22, and it sounded huge. I had a JBJr remounted on a tele base plate and it sounded like a bright LP, but it was a very thick bright sound.
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#20
I have two guitars I have with Rosewood Fretboards that feel really nice. My Telecaster has a maple neck though and I like the way it sounds better.
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I switched between the two for decades and didn't know I was supposed to hear and feel a difference. Then I discovered guitar forums.



This.
#22
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the only kind of fretboard i know i don't like is a thick finished maple board with small frets.



Me too. I used to play a Strat like that. I hate too much gloss.

IMO if you aren't sure whether you would like Rosewood or Maple I suggest going to a music store. All your going to get here is a whole bunch of personal preference, and everyone is different.
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