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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by TeleBluesMan, Sep 30, 2020.
Rosewood for me I like to grab some grain, maple its too slippery for me but looks great on teles.
I don't think the choice of fretboard wood is that cut-and-dry. There are different grades of all woods for musical instruments (AAA, AA A, etc.). I don't know if this applies to fretboards, but, for example, some of the rosewood fretboards I've seen for low-end Les Pauls are almost tan in color, while the rosewood on my telecaster is a dark-chocolate brown. I'm pretty sure that one way to cut costs of guitars is use a lower-quality grade fretboard wood.
I was surprised to learn that rosewood is typically harder than maple, but I'll bet a high-quality maple sample is harder than a low-end slab of rosewood. One measure of the quality of hardwoods is the Janka Hardness. Greater hardness implies greater density, more resistance to wear and tear, and higher quality. Nicaraguan rosewood has a JH of 1210, less than Birdseye Maple, which has a JH of 1450. However, Amazon Rosewood has a JH of 2620, which is higher than even some ebony types.
I was spoiled and lucky when I was 19.
I was working at JCPenney part time while in college and made enough $$ to buy my first guitar... ordered a brand new Ric 360/12v64. Ric used, until recently, Bubinga, and it was finished, like Fender Maple.
Then the following year I was able to purchase a 1967 County Gentleman for cheap. It has an Ebony board.
Then I bought an American Strat with a rosewood board.
Then I inherited a '40s J45 with Brazilian Rosewood.
Now my most used guitars are maple necked Teles; a Nashville configuration SSH does almost everything.
Without a doubt the ebony gets the least thought from me, which, now that I think about it, is because it requires nothing. It doesn't get sticky, it doesn't dry out, it hasn't shrunk, it always feels the same.
The Gretsch mostly sits in its case now that it's 53 years old, but whenever I do take it out it's always ready to jam.
I like Richlite myself ...
Besides being lighter than granite, it is environmentally friendly ...
I struggle with neck-heavy guitars when I have to play standing up...
On the couch, it's not an issue ...
Both my tele's have maple both my martins have ebony.
I played teles with rosewood necks exclusively from 1980 to 2003 after having a bad experience with a sticky maple neck before 1980. I thought all maple necks must be sticky. After playing a big nocaster u neck with maple I was hooked and thats the type of neck I've preferred since.
For me Maple is easier to play .
I had to choose 'other' because I have, or have had, guitars with all the various woods and haven't found, other than aesthetically, that there's any real difference to me. While ebony or rosewood can look good so can maple, it all depends on the guitar. Call me undecided I guess.
I have been playing guitar forever, but not really ( owned or even played) a ton of guitars- not really enough to have an opinion.
I voted ROSEWOOD just as my two longest-played and favorite guitars a '93 Martin and a '97 Tex-Mex Stratocaster have Rosewood boards. But not really the reason I got them.
Have owned some wonderful maple-board Teles and (1) Strat too.
It's mostly visual/aesthetic, but I like ebony and maple about the same.
I can tolerate rosewood, as long as the wood grain is interesting and flawed.
Maple. I love it. May have that exclusively for electrics from here on out.
Yeah I was going to say that the Fender choices were more of a starting point for me...
I sure would like to have ‘one of each’!
Maple. An all single wood species neck and fretboard is more stable through temperature and humidity swings, the normal finish on maple retards humidity even more.
The other fretboard options are an environmental catastrophe. So much baggage.
I'm an ebony fan all the way. Ebony just adds a touch of class. Anything else just seems like a substitution to me. JMHO
The Fender one piece maple neck on a flat pole blackguard.
My avatar has an ebony board, also on my H 550, pretty much rosewood on everything else, for me.
I've also been liking laurel!
I have always liked rosewood. Never tried richlite but I like the idea of a maintenance free, environmentally freindly alternative.
I like Ebony, Rosewood & Maple. Each has its place for various reasons.
I've never had a Fender style guitar with an Ebony fingerboard. Someday I'll rectify that.
Other materials I guess I don't like the idea of. There's nothing wrong with Pau Ferro but I generally don't like the way it looks. Richlite on a toy guitar sure. But if I'm forking out big money for a high end guitar there better be wood holding in the frets.