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Maple or Rosewood on Natural Tele?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by smoothrecluse, Jan 14, 2021.

Which neck looks best on a tele with natural finish?

  1. Maple

    32 vote(s)
    48.5%
  2. Rosewood

    34 vote(s)
    51.5%
  1. peteycaster

    peteycaster Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    The Rosewood has more contrast I feel assuming the body is the colour in the first pic. The body with the maple neck looks very yellow.
     
  2. UPtele

    UPtele Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    Roasted maple
     

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  3. G-52

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    I prefer maple...
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  4. Telenator

    Telenator Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    I've been steering away from maple these days as they're just too expensive to re-fret these days.
     
  5. darkwaters

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    Rosewood for me (or ebony).

    Roasted maple comes in third. I tried one of those roasted maple necks recently at the local guitar emporium. It looked far better than regular maple and didn't have all that plastic goop on the fretboard.

    For me, a regular maple fretboard (with goop) isn't even a consideration.
     
  6. mkdaws32

    mkdaws32 Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Either one works really well on a natural body.
     
  7. Festofish

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    What’s body color got to do with it? ;)
     
  8. Dan German

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    You’re asking which looks best, but posting pics of two different colour bodies. If it were me, I would use maple with a lighter-toned natural body, and rosewood with a darker-toned one. I’m just not big on that contrasting fretboard thing (with exceptions). From a practical standpoint, I would go with rosewood. My #1 is maple, because I wanted to do the Traditional Telecaster thing, but I’m not looking forward to re-fretting time, and I still prefer the feel of my rosewood board guitars.
     
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  9. Dan R

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    I love maple, but I choose rosewood here. It looks killer with rosewood.
     
  10. 50hz

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    I voted maple but could go either way. Both are great options.
     
  11. GGardner

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    In my inner journeys, the answer is usually rosewood. The rest of the time, it's ebony.
     
  12. Krunoslav

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    Maple, all the way. And it looks nicer when it wears a little bit. ;)
     
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    On pine, the darker fretboards look great. But if you are a BSB, then maple all the way:D
     
  14. TX_Slinger

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    with lighter color body, RW is my vote. My pinecaster darkened significantly with tung oil (old growth, almost caramel) so i went with vintage tint maple but its unusual.
     
  15. wevard

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    I voted maple, but I was influenced by the contrast it makes with the black pickguard. I would have voted rosewood if you had a lighter pickguard.
     
  16. Steve-0-

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    Maple. Because......
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