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Look/Sound of Maple Speed/Feel of Rosewood

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by wildshoetwt, May 15, 2011.

  1. wildshoetwt

    wildshoetwt Member

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    What's the solution?

    I get confused with all this satin, satin gloss, vintage tint, deep vintage tint, vintage satin, blah blah

    My ideal neck is DARKKK vintage tint maple, but with a back-to-the-wood-fretboard feel fretboard made of maple, can this be done? or is it only possible to have dark vintage tint with a thick finish or something?
     
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  2. Joseph/n

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    gibson is putting whats called torrified maple on the melody makers and les paul jrs. its the color of light rosewood but its maple. it smells like bacon though so i hope your not hungry. im not sue i like it. i kind of feel misled.
     
  3. wildshoetwt

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    my question is whether you can get a woody rosewood-like feeling fingerboard from a maple with a dark vintage tint, or if it will ahve to remain glossy i probably made my OP over complex sorry about that
     
  4. Joseph/n

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    oh i see, sorry. have a look at the new musicman roasted necks. they are doing some great things without the laquer. only downside is the you can still see the staining from body oils and just dirt in general. i think the darker the roast the better off you would be.
     
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    This is what I was gonna say. :)
    I have one of the Juniors with the roasted maple board.
    Feels more like ebony to me, though. It's very smooth. Hard, too.

    EG
     
  6. wildshoetwt

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    is there anyway to just "stain" the maple a dark tint or something

    and leave it unfinished (not worried about warping)

    because i hate the feeling of playing on plastic but hate the look of a pale maple board
     
  7. Devin

    Devin Low Voltage Supporting Member

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    try stain and a tru oil finish....
     
  8. wildshoetwt

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    tru oil looks about right, so does tung oil

    my question is

    does the fingerboard have to be coated in a gloss finish for it to stay?

    it seems all the darkkkk vintage tint fingerboards ive seen have gloss finishes to them
     
  9. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Vulcanized, roasted maple necks still feel like maple. They are just dark in color (and exceptionally stable and pretty damn great). I am not aware of any process that would result in maple feeling like rosewood. Even if you do not tint it at all, maple just has a much harder glassier feel as a wood than rosewood.
     
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    Pau ferro is supposed to be maple sounding but darkeR colored like rosewood
     
  11. wildshoetwt

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    interesting, thanks for the response, guess i thought that glassy hardness was the finish
     
  12. Elias Graves

    Elias Graves Senior Member

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    On a normal maple fretboard, you are feeling the finish.
    Torrefied maple boards don't require one, as they are pretty much waterproof. You'll feel the grain in it, though it is maple and has a tighter grain than rosewood

    EG
     
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    A raw maple fretboard will quickly discolor/darken/grey/weather, stain or no stain. If you don't like the relic look it will need some sort of protective finish. The finish does not have to be glossy though - you can easily flatten the surface sheen with micromesh or synthetic pads.

    Pao ferro has a tone similar to maple, can easily be darkened to look much like rosewood, and requires no finish.
     
  14. Structo

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    I also dislike the feel of a thick finish on a maple fretboard, be it nitro or poly, it just feels sticky.

    Tru Oil always feels great to me.

    The problem is finishing a maple board unless the frets are off.
    It's hard to get the finish even between the frets and it is also difficult to
    wet sand and polish if necessary with frets.

    I've seen some good looking boards done with Super Glue as a finish.

    The key is to seal the wood unless you want that distressed relic look.
    Frankly I don't like the look of a worn maple neck because I think they look dirty.
     
  15. wildshoetwt

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    so the point of sealing the neck w/ a nitro finish is to prevent warping and the "relic'd" look

    i'm not worried about warping, and the relic'd look is kinda my thing so...

    is it possible to leave the neck sanded and woody but have the back have a slight finish, as i like a bit of slipperyness on the back of the neck

    or would that cause problems
     

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