What is your favorite Telecaster fingerboard material?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by jgwcaster, Sep 18, 2021.

What type of fingerboard do you prefer on a Telecaster; Maple, Rosewood, ebony, Pau Ferro, other?

Poll closed Sep 25, 2021.
  1. Maple (Also baked)

    130 vote(s)
    52.6%
  2. Rosewood

    82 vote(s)
    33.2%
  3. Ebony

    17 vote(s)
    6.9%
  4. Pau Ferro

    6 vote(s)
    2.4%
  5. Other

    12 vote(s)
    4.9%
  1. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    I don't know if I've even played a Tele with a RW board! Not a conscious decision, I just happened to own maple board Teles. ( and have only played a few others- maybe a Custom for a few minutes?)

    I'd love to own ( admittedly for the looks!) a '60's style Tele, with the light yellow body, white pickguard, RW board- similar to my 'Vintage White' Stratocaster. Love the look!
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    * but I have no real feel or tone preference between RW and maple- a comfy neck/frets in good shape is all I ask
     
  2. Wrighty

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  3. Ron C

    Ron C Tele-Holic

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    That box is stunning. Beautiful work!
     
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  4. Wrighty

    Wrighty Friend of Leo's

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    Feel the board on bands. Maple feels smooth and ‘slippery’, prefer it to others.
     
  5. rstaaf

    rstaaf Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    I would have to go with this order:

    1. Rosewood
    2. Ebony
    3. Roasted Maple
    4. Pau Ferro
    5. Maple

    No, it has NOTHING to do with any perceived tone differences o_O
     
  6. medownsouth

    medownsouth Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    Outside of exotics, I chose PF: right mix of looks and hardness/density for my preference
     
  7. jrblue

    jrblue Friend of Leo's

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    P play them all happily, but the best one I've had was a Phil Kubicki custom neck with ebony board and a birdseye neck. As always, it was really the neck carve and the quality of the fretboard work, and fretting, that made the neck superlative; the materials and cosmetics were secondary to that.
     
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  8. Willy-son

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    i agree 100%. I have a 64 Tele reissue, a 65 Tele and a 90s 335, so I clearly have reference point. I played a Vintera 60s recently in a Sam Ash store. The pau ferro board was not a good one. It looked terrible and was very hard to the touch.
     
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  9. GeneB

    GeneB Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    My tele has a maple fretboard because that's what it had when it spoke to me when I tried it out. The only drawback that I see is that I have a hard time seeing the strings against the light background. The again I need reading glasses as my eyesight is growing weaker in my 'golden years'.
     
  10. joebloggs13

    joebloggs13 Tele-Afflicted

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    Maple and ebony, because that's what my two Teles have.
     
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  11. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Maple.
     
  12. Tommy Biggs

    Tommy Biggs Friend of Leo's

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    I like:
    Maple on a Tele
    Rosewood on a Strat
    But either choice is fine, it’s down to the individual guitar IMO.
     
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  13. oldunc

    oldunc Tele-Afflicted

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    If it's not maple it's not a telecaster.
     
  14. tomasz

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    No simple answer here...
    As a builder I like maple, walnut, olive, ritchlite, ebony - mainly for fretless (although this tends to be heavy and comes with a lot of dirty work), rosewood is also fine, it can chip on refrets if not handled carefully.

    As a player I tend to choose rosewood over the others, but also walnut. I have a light fretting hand thought, so it doesn't do much difference, except for fretless, where the soft touch of ebony is a nice thing.

    (I will not chime in on "tonewoods", I will not chime in on "tonewoods", I will not...)
     
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  15. Midgetje94

    Midgetje94 Tele-Afflicted

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    I have both. Just depends on the color and vibe of the tele. I know that sounds superficial. But if it’s a lighter color body I like maple. A dark body. Rosewood.
     
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  16. ping-ping-clicka

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    A Dunlop Glass ,Brass or Ceramic slide.
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  17. Fretting out

    Fretting out Doctor of Teleocity

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    That’s a nice looking board

    From the picture it looks like you have a bed just for you tele ;)
     
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  18. StrangerNY

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    Thanks! It's a pleasure to play. Smooth and fast.

    Trussart likes to mix it up with his necks. My Steeltop has got an ebony board on a mahogany neck (with aluminum binding and inlays). Also plays really well.

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  19. AviA

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    Pau Ferro? :lol::lol:
     
  20. igor5

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    Love maple look and feel, but prefer rosewood because how it sounds warm and round.
     
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