#1
Hello, I used the search bar but I couldn't find anything. I've become increasingly interested in guys like Eric Clapton, SRV, and John Frusciante; All prominent strat users. After I buy a new amp later this year, I think I'm going to get a MIM. The only experience I have with these guitars is my friend's 2001 Mexican strat which had a maple fretboard. So I decided I would get one with a maple fretboard but then I learned that they don't make strats with maple fretboards anymore, atleast the Mexican ones. Is this true?

Also is there much of a difference between maple and rosewood in terms of tone? or am I just being picky?

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#2
The biggest difference in fretboards isn't the tone it's the feel. Rosewood fretboard do have a slightly darker tone, but it isn't enough to really worry about. On the otherhand, the FEEL of the fretboards is something to worry about. Go to you local guitar shop and try guitars with rosewood and guitars with maple and see what you think.
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#3
Of course they still make Strats with maple fretboard! As CorduroyEW said, maple is slightly brighter than rosewood, but nothing really important. The only difference you should worry about is the feel, so try both and choose the one you feel better with.
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Hello, I used the search bar but I couldn't find anything. I've become increasingly interested in guys like Eric Clapton, SRV, and John Frusciante; All prominent strat users. After I buy a new amp later this year, I think I'm going to get a MIM. The only experience I have with these guitars is my friend's 2001 Mexican strat which had a maple fretboard. So I decided I would get one with a maple fretboard but then I learned that they don't make strats with maple fretboards anymore, atleast the Mexican ones. Is this true?

Also is there much of a difference between maple and rosewood in terms of tone? or am I just being picky?

thanks

~Michael


Don't know how the search bar failed to find anything as this subject comes up very often.

There is very little between the two so it really is up to you, which one looks and feels nicer to you. Not sure about Stevie Ray Vaughan, but Eric Clapton certainly uses both.
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Don't know how the search bar failed to find anything as this subject comes up very often.

There is very little between the two so it really is up to you, which one looks and feels nicer to you. Not sure about Stevie Ray Vaughan, but Eric Clapton certainly uses both.



SRV's Lenny has a maple board:

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SRV's Lenny has a maple board:



I thought it did but I couldn't find a picture quick enough so rather than make an arse of my self I played safe.

BTW Hendrix used both Rosewood and Maple.

Either would suit your needs.
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I ordered a MIM Strat a few years ago thinking I'd prefer the rosewood fretboard, but of course now wish I had gotten the maple. It's a great guitar, but I think the maple just has a little more classic "snap".
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SRV's Lenny has a maple board:


His #1 had a Pao Ferro fretboard, though.

It's just a matter of what feels better, the fretboard's not got much impact on your tone.
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yeah it wont effect the sound noticably, but its about the feel and what kinda look you prefer

i went with rosewood as imo with sunburst that looks awesome
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^^ Nope, SRV's Number One had a veneer rosewood fretboard! The neck itself was from December '62.
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^^ Nope, SRV's Number One had a veneer rosewood fretboard! The neck itself was from December '62.

Urm, it was mos def Pao Ferro.

The signature one has Brazilian rosewood, I think.
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The tone difference is minor but you will notice, and the feel is very much a subjective thing. Just try 'em both and see which one works out best for you.

Agreed. I think maple changes the tone more than rosewood actually, or better put: maple has more impact ony our tone than rosewood.
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i just bought a MIM strat with maple...you can get them easily
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Urm, it was mos def Pao Ferro.

The signature one has Brazilian rosewood, I think.



The signature is the one that has the pao ferro fretboard.

And about his own guitar, here's all the info man can get about it

http://www.stevieray.com/gear.htm


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I have a american fender strat with a maple fret board, does any1 no how 2 make the neck dirty quick! haha. They look better dirty than brand ****in new.
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I have a american fender strat with a maple fret board, does any1 no how 2 make the neck dirty quick! haha. They look better dirty than brand ****in new.



I've seen Fender using a Dremel for aging maple boards.


Aging a maple board isn't easy though and it's usually very easy to spot the relic'ed ones from genuine old boards.


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I've seen Fender using a Dremel for aging maple boards.


Aging a maple board isn't easy though and it's usually very easy to spot the relic'ed ones from genuine old boards.


The best solution is to just play the hell out of it.



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I prefer the feel of rosewood personally. It just feels smoother to me.
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