Maple vs Rosewood. A poll.

Which leaf is better?

  • Maple

    Votes: 57 67.1%
  • Rosewood

    Votes: 28 32.9%

  • Total voters
    85

GGardner

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Maple leaves remind me of James "Big Maple" Paxton who was great for a few years in Seattle but disappointing in NY.

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jays0n

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I was going to choose Rosewood because when I think of guitars I want, I imagine rosewood. But when I think of my guitars I actually play daily, it’s only the maple ones … so … I guess it is maple for me.
 

Lou Tencodpees

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Live Oak leaves were made by the devil. Can't effectively rake or blow them, curse them.

I always found Sycamore leaves fascinating. They fall, dry out and sound like paper plates blowing down the street.

For the purpose of this poll, maple leaf.
 

Jared Purdy

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I have three guitars. Two electrics, one with a maple fret board, the other with rosewood. The other guitar has an ebony board. I like all three, and I would not want to have only one type. Somehow, maple just belongs with a Fender, Strat or Tele, and rosewood just somehow belongs on a Gibson, LP or SG. And well Martin and ebony are inseparable. That's just what I think, which in the grander scheme of things means diddly.
 

stxrus

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My favorite fretboard is ebony, maple my next.
The maple leaf is such a majestic leaf it is raised heads and shoulders above rosewood or ebony
 

Dan German

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When I moved out here from the prairies, I discovered that the maple trees out here have leaves as big as platters. Seriously, if one falls on your windshield, it entirely obscures your vision. I had one fall and stick to my wet motorcycle helmet, covering the visor. That was terrifying (although it would have been a supremely Canadian way to die). I did some quick research to discover what maple species they are. Turns out they are (drum roll please…) Broadleaf Maples.

What focus group came up with that clever name?
 

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ChicknPickn

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Rosewood fretboards are better feeling to play, have a warmer sound, aren't harsh like Maple, and look better on stage.
(all of which is obviously my pre-conceived, psychological opinion.....based solely on personal prejudice) ;)
Them would be fightin' words. If I weren't havin' a peaceful, easy feelin' today.
 

Cosmic Cowboy

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Having a few of both and two guitars with ebony, I honestly dont know if I really care or can tell a difference.

Maple is easier to care for. Rosewood is pretty and may sound a touch bassier with less top end idk.

For me, frets seem to matter much more than fingerboards.
 

nojazzhere

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Rosewood fretboards are better feeling to play, have a warmer sound, aren't harsh like Maple, and look better on stage.
(all of which is obviously my pre-conceived, psychological opinion.....based solely on personal prejudice) ;)
Them would be fightin' words. If I weren't havin' a peaceful, easy feelin' today.
Once again, I say we need a "tongue-in-cheek" emoji to indicate when we're being sarcastic. ;) (I thought I was being obvious)
 

ChicknPickn

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Once again, I say we need a "tongue-in-cheek" emoji to indicate when we're being sarcastic. ;) (I thought I was being obvious)
You were! And I was funnin' too! Lord knows I don't get bent out of shape over anyone's preference in fretboard material. What would people say if they knew I had one guitar with a fiberglass neck and another with a fretboard of bowling ball material ("ebonite")?
 
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