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  • Maple

    58 38.67%
  • Rosewood

    59 39.33%
  • Pau Ferro

    10 6.67%
  • Ebony

    23 15.33%
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The Bass Fretboard Poll - Maple / Rosewood / Pau Ferro / Ebony

This is a discussion on The Bass Fretboard Poll - Maple / Rosewood / Pau Ferro / Ebony within the Music Man Basses forums, part of the Gear Talk category; I am not sure if a similar thread/poll has been done before, but being a newbie I have done a ...

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    The Bass Fretboard Poll - Maple / Rosewood / Pau Ferro / Ebony

    I am not sure if a similar thread/poll has been done before, but being a newbie I have done a bit of a search and not found anything similar.

    I am interested to see what the majority of bass players here prefer, no matter what EBMM bass we choose, whether a Bongo, StingRay, Sterling or Sub, we are all all faced with the very important choice of fretboard wood before we sign our life away. I know a few of you are rich enough to be able afford one of each, please vote which fretboard you prefer and tell us why.

    I will start, maple all the way for me. The reason? well to me its brighter, and more tonally dramatic than rosewood. I have even owned a maple fretless bass (triple coated with lacquer) and the result was amazing

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    I love ebony for it's feel (especially on a fretless), but currently don't have any basses in the herd with ebony boards. Rosewood is my second preference. But I also have a couple of maple boards too. I guess I'm just a fretboard whore.
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    Rosewood for no good reason other than I like how it looks.

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    Rosewood. The grain appeals to me more...
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    all my basses and guitars sport rosewood............but i'm dying for a maple board.........

    so i can't poll as of yet.


    .......need more time,and money too
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    Ebony, because it's even brighter/attackier than Maple, and looks great. Food for thought: BP used it on the BFR 20th SR5.
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    I prefer rosewood only because I think it looks good.

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    I like a nice piece of dark, mildly figured, rosewood.
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    Rosewood "seems" easier to clean and it matches my new shoes.
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    MAPLE= attack attack attack!!!

    when you play loud you need to cut through the muck..you bring a maple board with you.

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    Keep a dummy informed or you honest?

    I don't see how it matters except for fretless? Let's say I put my index finger down on the "A" posistion of the E string, thereby causing that string to vibrate in the described eliptical pattern from said fret to the bridge saddle. Does the string react any differently due to the fact my index is pushing it down to said varietal species board BEHIND that fret? It's like the "string through body " arguement.
    Is there any influence outside point A and point B. Once the string breaks or terminates at the bridge saddle does it matter if it continues through the body.
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    I like them all for different reasons.

    I like rosewood for the way it feels. Looks nice, too.

    I like maple for the attackityness. Also feels good and looks nice.

    I like Pao Ferro because of the nice feel, but I'll admit to a lack of experience there.

    And Ebony feels different but very nice as well, not to mention it looks great.



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    I guess I can't decide.

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    I like aluminum

    But if I can't have that, some kind of wood is ok too
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    Quote Originally Posted by bovinehost View Post
    Rosewood for no good reason other than I like how it looks.
    Same here...except with maple. I just love the look of a maple neck. But as far as sound..I prefer rosewood..go figure.
    Last edited by ronnyG; 11-04-2008 at 01:29 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mntngrown View Post
    I don't see how it matters except for fretless? Let's say I put my index finger down on the "A" posistion of the E string, thereby causing that string to vibrate in the described eliptical pattern from said fret to the bridge saddle. Does the string react any differently due to the fact my index is pushing it down to said varietal species board BEHIND that fret? It's like the "string through body " arguement.
    Is there any influence outside point A and point B. Once the string breaks or terminates at the bridge saddle does it matter if it continues through the body.
    Go Ahead, I'm not thin skinned. Prove to me I'm thick skulled.

    Well not here to prove anyone wrong..and you make a valid point...IF...it were not for the fact that the type of materials and woods used for the neck, body and fingerboard all contribute to the overall tone..and many will say "feel" as well.

    As far as "string through" I am a STAUNCH believer that it sounds better. Think about it...if the tone comes from the woods...then if the strings are making direct contact with wood..it then by all physics and common sense should have an effect, however small or large..and to my ear it does..I prefer it..but..it is not my main deciding factor when purchasing a bass..the whole bass is..how it sounds..feels..plays..tonal variations and cost, of course.

    Now although on a non string through bass the string is really never in direct contact with anything but the fret and saddle/seat when you play it... you can bet your bottom dollar the fretboard is effecting the tone (remember vibrations travel..even if not in direct contact with the "described eliptical pattern" as you so aptly put it) as well as neck and body..your point about the fretless IMO is however correct in the sense that the tonal differences are more dramatic..and this may be due to the direct contact of string to fingerboard. All assumptions mind you, I am no instrument physicist...but I feel pretty secure that my ears don't lie.
    Last edited by ronnyG; 11-04-2008 at 01:36 AM.

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