one piece maple neck vs maple fingerboard?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Keifer, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Keifer

    Keifer Silver Supporting Member

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    Was wondering if there is a big difference? Buying a one piece maple neck tele. I've heard the maple fingerboard glued on the maple neck is sturdier with more overtones. On the other hand I know folks who swear by one piece maple
     
  2. SPROING!

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    Laminated fingerboard will make a neck stiffer. No idea how that contributes to sound, but you can feel it when you pull on it.
     
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    I think the traditional one piece is more elegant and it would be my first choice. The maple board does make a sturdier neck, less prone to twist etc, and would guess a darker tone. I have both but the latter is on a Soloway and not a true strat, with different pickups... I think one piece maple necks are traditionally used with ash and have a scooped tone, sweet highs, not a lot of mids. The maple board might have a mid boost, like rosewood, but it depends on the thickness of board etc etc. The maker could likely give you a good idea of the tone~
     
  4. EADGBE

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    Just a guess, a one piece may have a warmer tone. But it may also be more likely to twist or warp. But all of this of course depends on the wood.
     
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    Not trying to steer the Op from the original question relating to maple necks, but here's some cool manufacturing info on PRS' process (rosewood): http://prsguitars.com/detail/neck.html
     

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