Poll: Maple of Rosewood?
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View poll results: Maple of Rosewood?
Maple
31 62%
Rosewood
19 38%
Voters: 50.
#1
I apologise if this has already been posted several times, but I am curious to see your opinions on this. I've replaced my LP Studio for a Fender USA Strat Std (which will be my first Fender) and I've chosen to get it with a Rosewood neck What do you think?
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#2
The maple fingerboard is a bit snappier, which works well with a weakish neck singlecoil. I've only had a rosewood fingerboard on my Squier Strat (as well as various Ibanez's and whatnot), so I can't really judge how much difference it makes; but it should be a bit mellower and warmer than the maple.

The neck on all Strats is maple. It's the fingerboard that can be rosewood or maple.
#3
rosewood is better in my opinion, it doesnt play as smoothly as maple, but it wont look discusting after years of play. You can clean a maple fretboard like new again but it takes longer, and well, i wouldnt want to spend 10 minutes cleaning the fretboard every time i change the strings.
#5
Maple necks are smoother in my opinion.
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#6
I like Rosewood better because I like to be able to feel the fretboard under my fingers. Maple is too smooth for me.
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#8
Mine fretboard is maple and I really like how slick and smooth it is.

But ultimately like everything else in guitar, try both, see which you like better.
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#12
Maple is sexier, but I prefer the feel and tone of rosewood.
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#14
on strats and teles maple is sexier... but generally i prefer rosewood
#15
they both have their applications in this case maple would probably be better(as said earlier)
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#16
Well heres the think: I have 2 strats. One of them has a maple fretboard and it feels very, very smooth. The other has a rosewood fretboard and you can feel yourself playing when you use it. I presonally love both, but for a strat I enjoy using a maple fretboard. Both are excellent though.
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#17
The feel on maple fretboards are perfect for me, along with the brighter tone, helps when you have a muddy-ish amp like me. But when they get dirty, it gets really visible cause of the light color.
#18
Strats should have maple necks. They look great, and they are exceptionally smooth.

Rosewood or ebony for all other guitars.
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