#1
What are the differences between rosewood, maple, etc fretboards? Do they affect the sound at all or do they just effect the feel of them?
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They do have an effect. It's like body wood, maple will give you a brighter tone, which is why it is on a lot of Strats. Ebony of course will give it a darker tone, which is great for rock and rhythm, which is why it's on Les Pauls.

Also, as you asked, the feel is different on each of them. I'm really not too knowledgeable on the tonal qualities of these woods on the fingerboard other than the basics really.
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#3
The tone is affected only slightly (honestly, I can't hear the difference), but the guitars attack is influenced quite a lot by the fretboard wood. Maple and Ebony give a brighter sound, rosewood a darker, warmer sound (once again, that's a subtle difference). Also, maple and Ebony will give you faster attack, rosewood's attack is a bit slower, which is quite noticable.
But honestly, feel is the most important factor here.
#4
I really see no difference in the tone. feel, now that's different. I love the feel of Ebony compared to the other two.
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They do have an effect. It's like body wood, maple will give you a brighter tone, which is why it is on a lot of Strats. Ebony of course will give it a darker tone, which is great for rock and rhythm, which is why it's on Les Pauls.

Also, as you asked, the feel is different on each of them. I'm really not too knowledgeable on the tonal qualities of these woods on the fingerboard other than the basics really.


I lol'd. I have an ebony neck guitar, it's insulting to myself and others who own guitars with ebony necks to call the rosewood Gibson uses ebony.

Anyway, they have a slight effect on tone, but I barely notice it tbh. The feel is incredibly different though, maple is slicker and faster in my experience, second only to ebony. Rosewood is cheapest though and is decent, hence why it's widely used. Also worth noting is a maple fretboard is going to be a lot more expensive to get fret wear on fixed, as you have to get it refinished in addition to refretting, compared to just refretting on other guitars.
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#6
Gibson only uses Ebony on White Eplorers don't they? otherwise its all Rosewood...
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They do have an effect. It's like body wood, maple will give you a brighter tone, which is why it is on a lot of Strats. Ebony of course will give it a darker tone, which is great for rock and rhythm, which is why it's on Les Pauls.

Also, as you asked, the feel is different on each of them. I'm really not too knowledgeable on the tonal qualities of these woods on the fingerboard other than the basics really.

wrong. Ebony is the brightest of them all as it's extremely hard and dense.
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oh, the fretboards on all my guitars are rosewood
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Gibson only uses Ebony on White Eplorers don't they? otherwise its all Rosewood...

they use ebony on a lot of custom shop guitars, and special edition guitars
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Hmm, I dont see how the fretboard wood would change the speed of your attack noticeably enough to hear it. And, im not sure if the slickness of the wood wouldnt change anything, i mean, do you even touch the fretboard, and not just the strings? I would say that fretboard is more about looks and a tiny bit tonal qualities. Ebony looks the best and I like the tonal qualities of it in a metal oriented guitar, but you cant beat rosewood for a LP...
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I assume you're playing just open strings, so not to scratch your frets.
#14
why isnt maple as commonly used as the other two?
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becase it's not traditionally used.
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becase it's not traditionally used.


thats it? no other reasons like flaws in it? I only see it used on fender guitars.
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Pretty much.
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#18
leo fender used maple fretboards because he wanted to save guitrists the stress and expense of replacing a fret board from a neck if the frets became worn, so he made the fretboard and neck all one thing made of maple so you could just buy an entirely new neck/fretboard for cheaper and easier to replace which is why fender also use mainly bolt on necks.

this was the origianl reason.

maple also tends to have a brighter sound, for example, country music would be good on a maple neck.
rosewood is quite soft in comparison so delivers and warmer thicker sound
and ebony is rock solid so it delivers a brighter clearer harsher sound but looks aweseom
#19
so I wouldnt want a maple neck for playing grunge, modern rock, and punk?
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leo fender used maple fretboards because he wanted to save guitrists the stress and expense of replacing a fret board from a neck if the frets became worn, so he made the fretboard and neck all one thing made of maple so you could just buy an entirely new neck/fretboard for cheaper and easier to replace which is why fender also use mainly bolt on necks.

this was the origianl reason.

maple also tends to have a brighter sound, for example, country music would be good on a maple neck.
rosewood is quite soft in comparison so delivers and warmer thicker sound
and ebony is rock solid so it delivers a brighter clearer harsher sound but looks aweseom

no, that's wrong. He just didn't want to pay for the Rosewood more likely. A re-fret isn't that hard. Also, the bolt on neck is because he originally did it somewhat like a car, which has easily swappable parts.
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no, that's wrong. He just didn't want to pay for the Rosewood more likely. A re-fret isn't that hard. Also, the bolt on neck is because he originally did it somewhat like a car, which has easily swappable parts.


Ill go with your answer seeing as I see you a lot more on the forums
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so I wouldnt want a maple neck for playing grunge, modern rock, and punk?

you really don't notice the difference between the tones. its just how long the wood will last. ebony and maple (usually its coated/laminated) last longer than rosewood, but rosewood feels really awesome and smooth(in my opinion of course)