After reading many threads about what people prefer I thought about my Tele quest in which a maple neck was a must. Anything else was a deal breaker because I have other guitars but none with a maple neck. On top of that I wanted gloss. In my search my guitar was specifically built with "High Gloss" as mentioned on the spec sheet. I know a few went the opposite way, it had to be rosewood. What did you choose and why? Which brings me to the differences I've found with maple vs. rosewood. I like them both. - Attack, with maple it is very unique. - Feel, most would sand the back of the maple neck to remove the gloss, I actually prefer it. - Look, I like the visual aspects of maple, it's cleaner looking (if that makes sense). - Maintenance, I find maple easier to clean, less pours. I'm a fan of both, actually of all guitar woods. My Ibanez RG had a Wizard II maple backed neck with rosewood board which is the best of both World's.