Rosewood vs Maple Fingerboards

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  1. jimmer_5

    jimmer_5 Senior Member

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    I came across this video today and gave it a watch - I have always felt that rosewood boards sound different than maple, but I got ALL the blind test samples backwards. At least in a recording, the difference was extremely subtle. I thought this was an interesting read and the video was fun, whether you agree or not:

    https://www.guitarworld.com/gear/maple-vs-rosewood-fingerboards-can-you-tell-difference

     
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    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    I prefer rosewood on Strats for being less "snappy".
     
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  3. Fuggle

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    I'm a maple on Strats guy. For some reason, I just really like the fretboard color to match the headstock.
     
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  4. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    Well, at least you're consistent!
    What that tells me is you've got a pair of ears.
    They work fine but you haven't made the right "connections".
    I have no worry you will.
    :thumb:

    I've always found blindfolded test to be useless.
    When you know what you like you go after that.
    Most blindfolded tests are a circus act.
    I'll be reading my hate mail tomorrow. Or never.
     
  5. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    Back from my "Blindfolded test".

    Got them all.
    I'm joining the Circus!

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. Crotch

    Crotch Delete My Account Entirely Double Platinum Supporter Premium Member

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    I prefer almost all woods to Rosewood. Maple on Strats. Ebony is nice. I don't believe in the bright vs warm argument. I've watched 100 videos on it. To me it's a myth tone wise.

    I prefer a very hard non granular wood. Just for feel. Rosewood sometimes makes me feel as if I'm getting hung up on the board if that makes any sense?
     
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    Wolf ^_^ Senior Member

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    Did the whole thing blindfolded, I got it all wrong as well! I am rosewood guy now! Don't know what it is but like it more

    I like that is doesn't wears so obviously as maple
     
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  8. Benjammin

    Benjammin Senior Member

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    I prefer maple because it looks nicer on Fenders. If there's any other differences, than I guess I prefer maple for that too. But I have both, and it doesn't really matter to me. I'm sure I would bomb on that test so I won't even bother taking it :cool2:
     
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    jaycoyoyo Senior Member

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    I just don't get along with glossy finishes on maple-board necks. They just feel sticky and slow to me. I have a rosewood-board Telecaster and love the feel. I also have a maple-board Strat, but it has a matte finish and feels great.

    --Jay
     
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    Crotch Delete My Account Entirely Double Platinum Supporter Premium Member

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    Thats the key Jay. If you get that heavy clear coat Maple I don't like it either.
     
  11. Phil W

    Phil W Senior Member

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    I'm firmly of the opinion that the sound difference (if any) has nothing to do with resonance and everything to do with the feel of the fretboard and possibly the look. The feel because maple is slicker and makes me play slightly differently and the look because the strings are easier to see against a loght coloured maple fretboard leading to faster and more accurate playing IF the player is wholly or partially reliant on sight. I prefer maple on my Fenders (3 maple Teles, 1 maple 5 string Jazz bass, 2 maple strats, 1 rosewood strat, 2 rosewood Gibsons, 2 rosewood acoustics, 2 other rosewood electrics). I think vibrato is easier on slick maple but your mileage may vary.
     
  12. Greg's Guitars

    Greg's Guitars Senior Member

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    I like them both, but to me it's the "feel" of each guitar , some rosewood Strats I have liked some I didn't, same goes for maple...depends on the individual guitar.
     
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    I like the feel of rosewood better. Im not a firm believer in tone differences can be nailed down to those things. There are so many things going on in the signal chain that factors in that make fretboard material moot IMO. Rosewood fretboards are what 3/4 of an inch thick glued onto a maple neck.
     

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