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Maple vs Rosewood fretboard... which do you like?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Webfoot, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 15, 2017
    Harvest, Alabama
    I like them both, and I also like ebony fretboards as well.

    The ones I like the most are the ones that stay in tune.

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  2. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    maple -- blonde
    rosewood -- brunette
    ebony -- raven haired beauty

  3. Mother Earth

    Mother Earth TDPRI Member

    May 13, 2016
    Dirty Jersey
    Maple, but only in a satin finish. Gloss finish feels too sticky. Satin wears smooth over time and feels really nice.

  4. richey88

    richey88 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2009
    philly suburbs
    I like 'em both. For no particular reason. My Strat rings like a w/ maple and my Teles twang like nobody's business with rosewood. Depends on your preference I guess...

  5. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 12, 2016
    Virginia Beach, Va
    Maple on my Fenders. But now that I've owned a couple Gibbys over the last 5 years or so I'm more open to rosewood on Fenders also


    LOSTVENTURE Tele-Holic

    Feb 13, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    Gotta have both. No particular favorite. OK, throw in a couple of ebony boards just to keep things interesting.

  7. sothoth

    sothoth Tele-Meister

    Nov 24, 2010
    In this order of goodness:

    Yet I don't know if I could tell the difference blindfolded, so it may just be that I prefer the aesthetics of ebony followed by maple and followed by rosewood. But it also depends on the color of the rest of the guitar. So really I'll take whatever and like it.

  8. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    I'm nowhere near good enough to be able to tell the difference as a player. However, aesthetically, I do seem to prefer darker woods - if my guitar collection is anything to go by.

  9. DrBlast

    DrBlast TDPRI Member

    Sep 29, 2017
    I think telecasters should have maple fretboards. If it doesn't have a maple board it should be called something else. ;-)

    That said, the Daphne Blue Nashville "telecaster" with rosewood board is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

  10. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    We've been calling them the wrong thing since 1959! Mistakes for 58 years!
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  11. jenos

    jenos Tele-Meister

    Mar 28, 2012
    Columbia, SC
    Maple on tele's just feel right to me... something simple about the look that just adds to the charm of a tele, which is a model of genius in simplicity.

  12. brobar

    brobar Tele-Holic

    May 30, 2017
    I like (and have) both... depending on the color of the guitar.


  13. grooveiron

    grooveiron Tele-Meister

    Mar 29, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    Hmmm, what wood would a redhead be, I wonder?

  14. TeleCustom2

    TeleCustom2 TDPRI Member

    Mar 28, 2015
    I have a one piece Indian Rosewood neck on my Tele... It plays wonderfully, sounds great, and looks even better. I have two other Teles with Maple necks. Fine guitars and the sound fine but the one with the Rosewood neck is the go-to guitar and the only one I perform with. As important as tone is, I don't notice any appreciable difference... the feel of the neck, the looks, and the "soul" of the guitar... the experience of playing it is just different. Admittedly, it is probably more sentimental than anything else, but it is something I "hear" and expereience.

  15. Redwood, of course.
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  16. theleman

    theleman Tele-Meister

    Sep 11, 2017
    I read somewhere maple boards are more difficult and expensive for fret replacement work. Rosewood is easier therefore cheaper for the job.

    For sound quality - maple supposed to be brighter and rosewood darker. It would be good to have both.

  17. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    I wonder how much people hear with their eyes. I've listened to YouTube demos where I heard the opposite: a neck was swapped and the rosewood fretboard had more high mids.

    What would be cool would be a split fretboard: one wood for EAD, one for GBE. We could argue which wood for what side!
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  18. guitarslinger92

    guitarslinger92 Tele-Meister

    Jun 8, 2010
    Athens, GA
    Having done the blindfold test, my hands genuinely can't tell the difference. I think a lot of that is a psychological thing. However. I prefer rosewood these days because it's easier to refret.

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