Maple fretboard v/s Rosewood Fretboard

Discussion in 'Guitar Gear Talk Forum' started by gamebore, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. gamebore

    gamebore New Member

    Just want to know which one is better, or is there much difference between the two? Sound wise and quality wise.
  2. flood

    flood New Member

    quality of both can be excellent or crap depending on the grade of the wood. don't expect a squier affinity maple neck and a suhr maple neck to sound alike.

    the main difference is tone - maple is brighter.
  3. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Fretboard plays so much importance in tone?
    Find it hard to believe based on physics - the actual mass is the wood in the neck, not the fretboard.

    The vibrations and resonance should be dictated more by that, than by the fretboard material.
  4. thehundredthone

    thehundredthone New Member

    Well maple won't offset mahogany but it will make an alder body sound brighter than with a rosewood fretboard. That much difference I'm sure you can notice.
  5. nandac

    nandac New Member

    though body wood/pickup configuration have their own dynamics, maple will be brighter and rosewood darker. also maple is physically much smoother to play - because it is finished while a rosewood fretboard is not. if you want a rosewood look with a maple feel, you can try pau ferro.
  6. nandac

    nandac New Member

    btw i have a maple/maple warmoth strat neck for sale for 10 k :)

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