Maple, Rosewood, Ebony fretboard characteristics

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  1. wrxplayer

    wrxplayer Supporting Member

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    Is there a general consensus on the specific playing characteristics and/or tone of these materials or does it just come down to personal taste as to look and feel?
     
  2. Rapmaster

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    Rosewood = not bright
    Maple = Bright
    Ebony = Brighter :)

    Ebony is the densest and thus, the brightest. Rosewood is the least dense and is quite porous compared to the other two. I own a nylon with ebony, an LP with ebony, and another LP with rosewood. To be perfectly honest, I don't make enough contact with the fretboard to notice any differences in playability.
     
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    In my experience, the wood (and size) of the neck, much more than the fretboard, makes a difference. And I don't find it to be that big of a difference.
     
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    I describe them in this way:

    Rosewood: somewhat softer touch and attack, warmer feel/tone/touch

    Maple: bight, percussive, cut, clear, pop

    Ebony: bright, stiff feel, tight and quick attack, thick touch
     

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