Only took me forever to figure out that rosewood.........

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  1. luv

    luv Member

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    is my preferred choice for fingerboard material. I always had a maple board on one of my guitars. I've had various Strats, a couple Music Man Axis, a Music Man Silhouette Special, a Music Man Reflex, a couple Ibanez RG's (both very briefly), a Peavey Wolfgang and maybe something else over the years with maple boards on them. I start out digging them and then after awhile I lose interest in them, regardless of how good or nice the guitar is. I was never really sure what the issue was.

    Last week I got a sweet deal on an Ibanez Prestige RG with maple board locally in Denver. I brought it home and the guitar was great. It sounded good and was fun to play. I played it for maybe an hour or two and then I realized that I didn't like the way my fingers looked against the maple board. I thought I was being ridiculous, so I put the guitar back in its case to sit for a couple days. I went back to playing my rosewood board guitars to see if the maple was truly making me not enjoy the guitar as much. After a couple days went back to the RG. Didn't dig it at all. I returned it the next day.

    It's purely an aesthetic thing....the sound was not a factor at all.

    At least now I know. That's all, just an observation.
     
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  2. jetydosa

    jetydosa Supporting Member

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    Thank goodness you didnt say sounded better bc we would launch into 40 pages of bickering!
     
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    I love rosewood. I love the look, feel and smell. Also if the guitar needs to be refretted, a rosewood board is an easier job.
     
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    Everyone knows that maple boards are snappier and bring out the high mids.

    :stir
     
  5. Ugly Bunny

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    mmm rosewood...
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    I used to think I liked rosewood. until I ordered a neck for my jazzmaster with an ebony board on a whim. Will never accept anything else now.
     
  7. feet

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    i've yet to own a maple fretboard. i'd love to give one a shot, and generally prefer how they look on fender type guitars. thing is, i've never been a fender guy, so what do i know?

    i suppose rosewood is my default, but i love a good ebony board on certain guitars.
     
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    Simple answer is no.

    Detailed answer is that, when pulling the old frets, it is a very tedious job to not tear up the finish on a maple board while doing it. If the board isn't flat, rosewood can simply have the high spots sanded smooth then refretted. In a finished maple board, it needs to be stripped, sanded and refinished, then refretted.

    Rosewood is far easier, depending on how perfect you are shooting for.
     
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  9. luv

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    I could probably handle an ebony board. I've yet to try one.
     
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    I'm a huge RW fan, but ebony is growing on me quick.
     
  11. RayBarbeeMusic

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    Rosewood FTW. Just don't get along with anything else.
     
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    I like rosewood but I think I'd prefer it if all my Gibsons had ebony boards. One does (SG-Z) and I absolutely love it.
     
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    Rosewood and Ebony for me. Though I'm sure maple is fine...
    The thing is, when playing a maple board, your fingers are touching finished wood, whereas with the others it's raw wood, which absorbs oils, and provides a different feel, right?
     
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    My favorite as well, though I do always want to have a guitar with an ebony fretboard.
     
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    Tune to 432 Hz to get the most out of maple, or try painting your nails.
     
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  16. MrGuitarhack

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    I too am a Rosewood convert. Played on a late 70's strat with a maple board until I got my first 335. I've been in love with Rosewood ever since. For me its the tactile difference that Rosewood has, the feeling of bare wood on your finger tips. I feel like I have more control over the notes and sounds that I'm making, probably all in my head but works for me.
     
  17. luv

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    The whole "finish on the maple board" thing was never an issue for me, because most of the maple necks I had were unfinished anyway. All of the recent ones were.
     
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    I have a friend with a 1956 Tele and the maple board is pretty much raw wood at this point. I don't like it at all. It's not played very much and the board just feels dry and slow. Needs mojo oil.
     
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    Rosewood? Ebony? Pau Ferro? love em all!
     

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