#1
I'm looking into buying a new fender strat and was wondering what are the main differences between a rosewod fretboard and a maple fretboard?
#2
mostly looks and feel. Rosewood is a little warmer sounding and malpe has a little more bite and brightness. personally i prefer the look, feel, and sound of rosewood.
#4
Maple is generally bright while rosewood is a warmer tone around mahogany.
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#6
I prefer rosewood myself. I find its a bit easier to play.
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#7
I find rosewood tougher to play. Dunno why, it just feels wrong to me. Just try both out and see which you prefer.
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#8
I like rosewood, but my strat has maple b/c its white and I thought the rosewood would clash. I like it. But yes, rosewood is a warmer sound.
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#10
Try them out and see which one feels best to you. Its 100% personal preference and we cant tell you what your preference is
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#11
Maple fretboards seem to be more for leads. Rosewood on the other hand, seems to be better for rythm.
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#12
you won't get much of a difference no matter which, fretboard isn't a major part of tone.
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#13
One difference between the two in regards to strats is that stratocasters have maple necks. This means that the neck and fretboard will be one piece of wood if you choose a maple fretboard, as opposed to the fretboard being glued onto the neck.

Some may argue that this affects tone and sustain, but the difference would probably be as minute as the tonal differences between the two fretboards themselves.
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#14
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you won't get much of a difference no matter which, fretboard isn't a major part of tone.

Thats arguable. Many people(such as fender custom shop reps) claim that the Major part of your tone comes from the guitars neck rather than the body.
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#15
I judge by feel. I'm a maple fan all the way. To me maple feels so much smoother. Maple feels like silk.
#16
ya i got a electron blue strat with maple fretboard coming in the mail i like maple cuz its alot faster and easier to take care of
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#19
I prefer maple fretboards. They are easier to navigate, easy to vibrato and bend on and they look great as they age.
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#20
rosewood.
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#22
I prefer rosewood, but i can get used to maple fretboards easily. I used to hate them but they are okay, still prefer rosewood though.
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#24
i dont think they make much TONE difference because the strings arent touchung the fretbord while they make a sound, they touch the FRETS people. if im wrong please explain to me why by PMing me.
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#25
Rosewood all the way, I've never liked maple fretboards, always played on rosewood.
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i dont think they make much TONE difference because the strings arent touchung the fretbord while they make a sound, they touch the FRETS people. if im wrong please explain to me why by PMing me.
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whether it makes sense or not, it does make a difference. Maple gives a brighter tone, while rosewood is warmer. and don't say it's because i played a tele with maple and a les paul with rosewood. I tested many telecasters and noticed they do sound different even though they are the same model. I prefer the feel of rosewood but i like the maple tone.
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#27
It does. When I first played a Strat with a maple fretboard, I was surprised at how much brighter the tone was. Now, after having one for a while, I'm digging it.
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i fancy playing both woods.


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