#1
Hey guys im about to buy a tele profesional... I was wondering was the diference in sound what are cons and all that? Is it sound harsh with the maple? Etc... Which should i get?
#2
Buy whatever you prefer the look and feel of. That's what really matters.

Leave your ideas about wood affecting the tone of an amplified solidbody electric guitar at the door.
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T00DEEPBLUE yeah thats what i thought but i heard that it affects the tone... I know that maple is much smoother than rosewood but i didnt know if it poduce the same tone or not.
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Jeanpr002 People have a lot of differing beliefs on the subject, but I'm largely in agreement with what willseasyguitar on youtube has to say on the subject. He's uploaded tons of videos about the debate which provide more information than you'll likely have the attention span to all listen to. If you're really curious, then you can go there.

Suffice to say, if you're playing and amplifying the guitar the same way most people do, then in practical terms it doesn't matter.
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Rosewood is much better...

Because I like the look of it over maple.
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Hey guys im about to buy a tele profesional... I was wondering was the diference in sound what are cons and all that? Is it sound harsh with the maple? Etc... Which should i get?


The one you think is pretty. No significant difference in sound.
One thing, however -- maple is always coated with a finish, and on the fretboard that eventually wears off. If you love the look of dirt spots on your fretboard after a while, go with maple. Rosewood doesn't require a finish.
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I'm a strong believer that while wood does effect tone, once effects and distortion are added, the impact is miniscule, and any impact can be counteracted by settings on your amp or the addition of, say, an equaliser pedal.

The impact on playability is far greater. For example, I HATE a rosewood fret board, and would always choose Maple or Ebony in it's place every time.
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I I HATE a rosewood fret board


Was your mother beaten with some rosewood? Or maybe you "had a bad experience" with rosewood? One has to wonder what would make someone HATE wood.
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Was your mother beaten with some rosewood? Or maybe you "had a bad experience" with rosewood? One has to wonder what would make someone HATE wood.


My whole family was wiped out in a Rosewood tree related incident.
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#11
choice of fingerboard is all about feel. any change in tone is so insignificant that you can't hear it. I have both rosewood and maple boarded strats and the tonal differences are the pickups only.
#13
go with what is prettier and/or the feel.

i prefer maple to rosewood i like the way it feels better, but its not a big deal.

one thing to be noted is that there is a difference between cheap rosewood and nice rosewood. i imagine that the strat in question would have a better rosewood then say a $300 chinese whatyamacallit.
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If you're pressing the strings down hard enough to actually feel the fretboard on a regular basis...?? It's much easier to clean rosewood than it is to remove stains from maple boards.

In my relative old age (lol), I've gone for whatever I like the looks of. Right now I want more over-the-top birdseye necks & boards!
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#15
I prefer rosewood, but rosewood is dying off quickly. Maple is snappy and bright which is great for soaring lead tones, but you can still darken up maple using your tone knob to get those creamy tones
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DirtFarmer But take a white guitar with a maple neck, its byatiful

Definitely my favorite color scheme as well:


Darrell Braun did the best video I've seen comparing Tele fretboards (he tried both on the same guitar), and what he found was that there is an audible difference, but a very minor one that could probably be erased with a small twist of a knob. I went with maple because I like the way it looks. I've heard people like Clapton say maple makes it easier to bend, but I haven't really noticed a difference.
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PatchworkManIve found maple is brighter and snappier, at times, maybe too much so. The rosewood will tend to push that back creating a more diverse tone
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I agree with that statement 100%. For the user who said maple vs rosewood doesn't affect tone.....um, no. As minuscule as it may be, maple will leave you with a brighter tone hands down. Anyone who plays a Telecaster especially will be aware of this. Hard (sugar) maple (which is the variety of maple used on fretboards) is obviously a very hard, dense wood that doesn't absorb very much string vibration....while rosewood is slightly "spongy" if you will and leaves you with a darker tone that doesn't "bite" as much. Sure, if you're running 60 different effects it probably gets lost in the mix. Play it clean, side by side and the difference IS THERE however.

There's a reason why a CBS Strat or Tele is worth more if it has a rosewood board compared to maple.....and it's not about aesthetics only.

As a Telecaster player, I go out of my way to find Rosewood boards and there are more than a few players like me as well.

Would I pass up a good deal on a Tele with a maple board? No. Do I think they carry a different tone? Yes, and I've witnessed it on numerous identical guitars in the studio.
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PatchworkManIve found maple is brighter and snappier, at times, maybe too much so. The rosewood will tend to push that back creating a more diverse tone

Yes, the maple is slightly brighter and snappier, but, as I said before, it's not a big enough difference that you can't easily make up for it by turning a few knobs. My Strat sounds as dark and creamy as any single coil Strat on the market, despite the maple board, because I have my rig set up that way. The answer to the rosewood vs. maple question is always the same: get the one that looks and feels better to you, then set your rig to sound the way you want it to sound.

EDIT: For an example, check out my NGD thread that's on the front page right now. It's got a link to a video of me playing my maple board Strat. That's the middle pickup running into a solid state amp, no pedals, no effects other than a little bit of reverb, and it sounds darker and smoother than most neck pickups, even with a maple board.
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Yes, the maple is slightly brighter and snappier, but, as I said before, it's not a big enough difference that you can't easily make up for it by turning a few knobs. My Strat sounds as dark and creamy as any single coil Strat on the market, despite the maple board, because I have my rig set up that way. The answer to the rosewood vs. maple question is always the same: get the one that looks and feels better to you, then set your rig to sound the way you want it to sound.

And when you're talking about such small differences, the placebo effect becomes a significant contributor to the tone of a maple board being snappier
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And when you're talking about such small differences, the placebo effect becomes a significant contributor to the tone of a maple board being snappier
Then explain blind tests
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Then explain blind tests

You expect there to be a difference in blind tests too, so your brain creates that difference for itself.

There was this double blind test video I saw which showed the difference in tone between a cheap cable and an expensive one. The player swore that 'hands-down' there was a tonal difference between cable A and cable B, when in reality no cables were used at all and instead both cables were actually just a single piece of bent coathanger wire. Even the sound of a cable being plugged and unplugged was done by the person carrying out the experiment to sell the confidence trick.

I wish I could find that video.
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You expect there to be a difference in blind tests too, so your brain creates that difference for itself.

There was this double blind test video I saw which showed the difference in tone between a cheap cable and an expensive one. The player swore that 'hands-down' there was a tonal difference between cable A and cable B, when in reality no cables were used at all and instead both cables were actually just a single piece of bent coathanger wire. Even the sound of a cable being plugged and unplugged was done by the person carrying out the experiment to sell the confidence trick.

I wish I could find that video.
Except for the blind tests between maple and rosewood where I was able to correctly guess maple every time tho..
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I think you're missing the point...
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#26
ITT: both sides of the argument have no evidence except hearsay and anecdotes :P

try before you buy, or go with what you think is prettier
#27
I would go with maple simply for the fact that you wouldn't have to mess with CITES regulations
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#28
Lol tonewood

How much do you want to deal with cites
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I'd like to take this opportunity to be smug and condescending to everyone before adding nothing to the thread.

Condensed for clarity.
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Except for the blind tests between maple and rosewood where I was able to correctly guess maple every time tho..


please note the keyword in your statement GUESS.
#31
I like maple on stage. Its far easier to see where you are under flashing lights. As for the tone? Select your pups appropriately. Different pups make a FAR bigger difference in tone, far outweighing the whole "tonewood" bullshit. Hell, changing the pots will make a bigger difference. My eyes see black dots on a pale yellow background far better than light dots on a rosewood board. Maybe your eyes are different but under stage lighting I find maple far easier to see.
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please note the keyword in your statement GUESS.
Yes, an educated guess based off of observations.....
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I think you're missing the point...
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Then explain blind tests
Blind tests are evidence of an audible difference, but that's a far cry from demonstrating a difference that is significant in comparison to pots, EQ, choice of amp, choice of pickups, etc. The question isn't just whether or not there is a difference in sound; it's whether or not there is a difference in sound that should be given much weight when choosing a guitar.
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Blind tests are evidence of an audible difference, but that's a far cry from demonstrating a difference that is significant in comparison to pots, EQ, choice of amp, choice of pickups, etc. The question isn't just whether or not there is a difference in sound; it's whether or not there is a difference in sound that should be given much weight when choosing a guitar.
I try to go as neutral as possible when chosing electronics. I want the tone to come from the wood.
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Irony is spelled with a capital I

Fixed.

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