Thoughts on Rosewood Fretboards

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  1. BRoberts

    BRoberts TDPRI Member

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    Just want to throw this question out-how do you all feel about the addition of a rosewood fretboard on a Tele? Be it slab or round-lam, does it add a little something or take away from the overall raw vibe of a Telecaster?

    (not talking about sound differences, just the vibe and coolness factor-or not)

    I often wonder if one-piece maple necks are what makes Fenders, well, Fenders.
    But, I can not deny I feel a little different when I play on Fender with a rosewood-board(almost like its a deluxe version)
     
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    I personally like rosewood board teles especially on early 60s with the single ply pickguard

    When I was younger I thought a tele and fenders had to have a maple board but I find I play my rosewood board teles most
    Ones a slab and the other a lam but the lam is a 2018 and about as thick as a slab

    I love em

    I also really dig my 65 reissue strat

    And some of my favorite players played rosewood teles
    Robbie Robertson
    Mike Bloomfield
    Steve cropper
     
  3. alnico357

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    I have one Telecaster and it has a maple FB. Personal preference.
     
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    My Teles have maple fretboards. I've had Rosewood fingerboard Teles in the past. I like both.
     
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    If you listen to Vince Gill talk about slab board Strats, it would be fair to conclude that he thinks there’s something special about them. I’m not gonna doubt Vince Gill.

    I play almost exclusively rosewood fretboards but only cause I like the feel.
     
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    Well we never get tired of RW vs maple threads!
     
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    For the most part I like the look of a one piece maple or maple/maple on most Teles. That said, I'm a sucker for rosewood fretboards with a sunburst finish, particularly on double bound Customs. I have both...
     
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    Rosewood boards all the way for me! solid Rosewood neck, even better!

    but then again, for me its not tonal differences, but more on aesthetic and feel.. I just like looking at Fenders with rosewood boards..
     
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    To me rosewood fretboards just look wrong on Teles and Strats (especially Teles) maybe due to have begun playing, and watching bands on TV and in the area back in the 50's.

    At that time they only came with maple. They began making Strats with rosewood about 1959 as a special order, but really never saw anyone playing them for a while even after that.

    Rosewood looks as strange to me on Strats and Teles as maple does on an LP or semi-hollow, or as it would on a Jazzmaster or Jaguar.

    I do own one Strat with rosewood, but gets very little play time. It has two things that make it so, 1) it has rosewood 2) it is black (by far my least favorite guitar color).
     
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    The right neck with the right frets more than the board material.
    Unfortunately I only like maple boards with finishes other than poly.
    And I only like RW boards that are reasonably dark colored.
    And I only like necks with some meat on the shoulders.
    And I only like very big frets.
    So I plays what I gets that does the due...
     
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    I own a maple board Tele and a RW board Strat and historically, I personally have only played these guitars ( a few exceptions but short time), so have not played enough to have an opinion.

    However I was discussing ( just BS) guitars with a new guitar friend that I play with at bluegrass jams, and he was really adamant:
    " I don't even see the point of playing a Fender unless it had a maple fingerboard. It's all about that immediate snap!"
    I was just never so particular...
     
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    I like both Maple and rosewood. I have several Teles and strats with each. Ratio is right at 50/50.
     
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    I like both maple and rosewood boards. More recently thanks to the cites gang I have more appreciated the opulence of playing my rosewood board necks.
     
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    I like the temperature and humidity stability of maple fretboards. Two different woods on a neck increase the movements.

    While I do like the look of rosewood ... It comes with a huge pile of environmental baggage. Might as well saw off elephant tusks and shoot some rhinos. So I avoid rosewood, ebony, and mahogany. I up my playing game to cover any perceived tonal differences.

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    I love rosewood fretboards. I prefer them to maple, but I like maple as well. Just a feel preference and it sounds a touch warmer to my ears.
     
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    Love 'em.
    They feel right.
    And I played maple for years and years.
     
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    I like both but prefer rosewood.
     
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    Rosewood fretboards are for heathens! The fretboard needs to match the headstock! Unless the headstock is painted to match the body...:cool:
     
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    I have both Strats and Teles with both rosewood and maple boards. Depending on the body color and guards, I like both. I used to think liked the feel of maple better, but as long as the rosewood is well oiled and not dry, I don’t really have a feel preference anymore.
     
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    Painted headstocks are for heathens! :cool:
     
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