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Thoughts on Rosewood Fretboards

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by BRoberts, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I started out ten years or so ago, to try to determine how essential the neck was, to the sound of each and every guitar I finished and assembled.

    At first I was a rebel, putting rosewood board necks on ash body guitars and all maple necks on mahogany and alder bodied guitars. And I found some great sonic matches and necks and bodies that fit together great and all that.

    But the thing was, I guess I like the LOOK of maple with ash and the LOOK of rosewood with alder or mahogany. The Design Language of the guitar. If I had a figured maple top on a guitar, the rosewood board neck just looked "right". And the ash looked right with the trans finished one piece ash bodies. Now, the other way around they looked "cool" but when done in the pattern that St. Leo already set up, they just seemed to look "right" and when people heard them played, they listened with their eyes and their eyes liked what they "heard". What can I say? I gave up over time, on being the rebel so much.
     
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  2. LGOberean

    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    Thanks! That's quite a compliment, coming from you. That's my first Logan Custom "Firecaster," made from salvaged lumber (Long Leaf Pine & Douglas Fir) from our house fire in 2010. The body core was from the Doug Fir, and chambered to reduce weight. The top was made from planks of Long Leaf Pine. Both the pieces selected and the finish showcase the fact that this is 83 year old construction grade lumber that has literally been through the fire. It also has Bob Logan's stainless steel bridge plate and Bill Lawrence Keystone pickups and wiring, 5-way switch.
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    Oh and the one next to it in that previous pic is my Logan Custom Firecaster II, Long Leaf Pine top and back, basswood body core stained walnut to provide a complementary contrast of light (natural pine) and dark. DiMarzio Twang Kings, 4-way switch, Bob's stainless steel bridge plate with the straight alignment for the bridge pickup.
    Firecaster I & Firecaster II.jpg 6-20-2019 - Frecaster II.jpg
     
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  3. FredDairy

    FredDairy Friend of Leo's

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    Rosewood sure doesn't look like it used to.
    Heck I guess it's not when you get into Brazilian vs. East Indian.
    My all time favorite Tele has a rosewood board. I have 10 Fenders tho and it's the only one with a rosewood board.
     
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  4. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Friend of Leo's

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    My Fenders are Maple, my Gibsons are Rosewood and Torrified Maple. I really have no preference other than look . Gibsons would look odd with a Fender style Maple neck
     
  5. timtheshredder

    timtheshredder TDPRI Member

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    It comes down to personal preference. Personally, I like the maple because it makes it a little brighter. I like the twang I can get from that. Both are good though. It just depends what you want your tele to sound like.
     
  6. LeicaBoss

    LeicaBoss Tele-Holic

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    My Tele has feelings on this. It has for 54 years.

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    Same here... I’ve had maple strats and teles before but I just prefer rosewood or ebony.
     
  8. frisco kid

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    I’m a heathen with a rosewood board and matching headstock...

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  9. Blue Bill

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    I like both maple and rosewood.
     
  10. BigDaddyLH

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    There was a A/B on here where the same body and strings were used as the neck was swapped between maple and a rosewood fretboard. And dang it if the rosewood wasn't noticeably brighter!
     
  11. Festofish

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    You’re over thinking. Check out the YouTube video where a guy made a guitar out of Ramen noodles and resin then let’s talk about tonewood
     
  12. BigDaddyLH

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    Now I know what I want for lunch. In the meanwhile, I'll loop this on my screen.

     
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    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

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    Hey Sonny, please move those two in the background further away from the air conditioner! :eek: ;)
     
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    So, are we spiritual beings having a physical experience?
    Or physical beings having a spiritual experience?
     
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    Physical being having a physical experience that we misinterpret.
     
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    Some guys pay for lawn care and then pay again for a physical trainer.

    Fret sprout gives you tougher callouses!
     
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    20 years of schooling and they put you on the day shift vs 20 years of meditation and I learned to answer a question with "I don't know".
     
  18. BigDaddyLH

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    Either way, the pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles.
     
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    Nice guitar!
    I love that era neck construction with no skunk stripe or walnut plug.
    The Brazilian RW is a plus too, nice shape, nice headstock that's generally just a little thicker than later.
    I have a '64 RW Tele neck, not the rest of the guitar, but those necks are really nice.
     
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  20. Rockinvet

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    Love rosewood necks. I love maple too. They are different in their uses, maybe just a tad different in feel but nevertheless nice. Frets do make a difference. Had a Highway one Tele with a rosewood neck and I was not fond of those larger frets. Anyway I may start a thread on those all rosewood necks. I have never tried one and would be interested if anyone here has one.
     
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