Strat project - maple or rosewood?

TattooedCarrot

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I have a couple projects using road worn bodies that I've com across that are really light, a white strat and a yellow tele that's now a telegib. now I'm doing another one with a 3.9 lbs alder road worn strat body in black that I found. Got a Fender fat strat mint pickguard and going to probably load it with a JB2/SSL1/SSL5 combo and black plastic. I also prefer the larger CBS headstock for this one. but I can't decide on the fretboard wood. I was originally looking to do maple, but since doing this mock-up I'm actually leaning towards rosewood. It will be a Warmoth or similar custom neck with vintage tint.

So which do you think?

 

VaughnC

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For the fretboard wood, I'd let my hands & ears make that decision as the feel & tone of maple & rosewood are different.
 

TattooedCarrot

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For the fretboard wood, I'd let my hands & ears make that decision as the feel & tone of maple & rosewood are different.
I have both, I'm fine with both. For this project I can't decide on which fits better in regards to the guitar's color scheme.

Thanks.
 

SMark

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My black Strat has a maple neck, but I also reversed the colors of the plastic. I have a black pickguard with white pickup covers and knobs.
 

TattooedCarrot

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My black Strat has a maple neck, but I also reversed the colors of the plastic. I have a black pickguard with white pickup covers and knobs.
I did the Gilmoure thing before as well, looks cool, but not so much what I'm looking for.

I also like these, but I do prefer a more vintage hot rod look and am not looking for a modern Charvel style.

 

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I guarantee whichever you choose, it will be awesome! As many have already said, go with what you like as far as tones and feel. I love the tones of a maple neck on an S but like the feel of rosewood, so Pao Ferro it is!
 

Tidewater Custom Shop

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Whichever neck you choose, the pickguard of MY choice would be:

Black & RW = mint 11 hole
Black & maple = white/parchment 8 hole
 

dani

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i find alder is usually fine with either rosewood and maple but i'll definitely pair swamp ash with maple.

from your mockup, the maple neck looks delicious.

if i may suggest if you are going warmoth to try a canary/canary vintage modern neck. sounds like maple, looks like aged maple without the need for a finish. the feel of raw wood rocks while saving on finishing.

here's some pics of a canary strat neck on the warmoth forum. http://www.unofficialwarmoth.com/index.php?topic=16408.0
 

TattooedCarrot

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And these are the two I'm really liking the best. Hard to choose, but they are opposites and I gotta buy a neck soon, one or the other.....hhhhmmm

 
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Eminor7

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I have owned Strats and S-style guitars with maple and rosewood boards. I prefer the tone and articulation of a one-piece + skunk stripe maple neck. My lastest Partsocaster has a one-piece + skunk stripe maple neck.








 

Rango

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Own both, play both but... Maple with a little aged toner "looks" better than the rosewood. Maple with some flame - like the pic above - is beautiful - IMHO
 




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