#1
I've been deciding on certain Fender guitars..

Should I choose the maple or rosewood fingerboard? Not for the looks, but for the feel.. or are they both smooth playablility?

Also, the Fender's i'm debating on is this:

Fender® American Series Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-American-Series-Stratocaster-HSS-Electric-Guitar?sku=515116

Probably going for the Chrome Silver with the black pickguard, but there are 2 options, and like I said, there's maple and rosewood.

If there was a major difference, what would it be?

I've also never thought the difference of the "shaped" necks... there's C, V, and all that. What's the diff?
#3
The only way to tell what you want is to go to guitar center and try out both.
I prefer rosewood, but that's just me. it depends on the player
#4
i think the yellow one looks MUCH better. sorry thats all i can help with
#5
maple fretboards have a brighter tone than rosewood. and the "c" and "v" is like the different shape of the back of the neck. i cant describe them exactly, but there are some sites. maybe someone will post here that knows one. oh i just though of one. try www.warmoth.com and look at the necks. im pretty sure it shows the different shapes.
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#6
Tonewise it barely makes a differnce, it realy doesnt even matter for playibility either just maple wears down after a while, giving it that vintagee look that some like and some dont. I like maple more just because of looks.
#7
Quote by InanezGuitars44
maple fretboards have a brighter tone than rosewood. and the "c" and "v" is like the different shape of the back of the neck. i cant describe them exactly, but there are some sites. maybe someone will post here that knows one. oh i just though of one. try www.warmoth.com and look at the necks. im pretty sure it shows the different shapes.

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#9
I've used both and I have really noticed very little difference in tone or playability. However maple is a bitch to keep clean and it costs more to get re-fretted, so I always see a rosewood fretboard as a preference.
#12
I the look of a maple fretboard Fender.

I'd stick with the American over the Deluxe. Unless abalone inlays and birdseye maple is your thing...
#13
id get the american in silver with the rosewood fretboard, but its really a personal preference.. but like that other guy said, maple fretboards tend to hold more dirt than rosewood, i believe
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#14
IMO, rosewood fenders are not fenders at all. I will always go with a maple fretboard on a fender. Also, about neck shapes, I really like the feel of the "C" shaped neck. Nice and thin, but definately not a Wizard II. Very playable.
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