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What's your favorite fretboard material?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by TeleBluesMan, Sep 30, 2020.

What's your favorite fretboard material?

  1. Ebony

    66 vote(s)
    25.8%
  2. Rosewood

    89 vote(s)
    34.8%
  3. Maple

    84 vote(s)
    32.8%
  4. Pearloid

    1 vote(s)
    0.4%
  5. Richlite

    3 vote(s)
    1.2%
  6. Pau Ferro

    4 vote(s)
    1.6%
  7. Other

    9 vote(s)
    3.5%
  1. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Tele-Holic

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    My Fenders have to have maple.
    The rest are fine with whatever came on them. Gretsch, Gibson and Martins.
     
  2. ronzhd

    ronzhd Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Typically, as long as its wood, I'm good to go, finger to nose BSNR! TIC:cool:
     
  3. Brillig

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    Ebony, far and away.
     
  4. Beachbum

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    Ebony

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  5. ZenGuitarist

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    I see that as of right now Pau Ferro has zero votes which doesn't really surprise me. I hardly ever see a guitar with a Pau Ferro board that looks good. I did buy one of the new TV Yellow Epi LP Specials earlier this year and it came with an Indian Laurel board which I have to say is really nice. I'd like to see more examples of Indian Laurel boards to see if the one I have is typical, or if I got lucky.
     
  6. fender4life

    fender4life Friend of Leo's

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    Wow, being a tele site i woulda thought maple would run away with it but RW is actually ahead. RW is my fav due mainly to the sound. I know some think they all sound the same but i hear it loud and clear and RW to me is the one i would pick if i could only have one guitar. I do like the sound of maple too but not quite as much. Ebony...ummmm....maybe in certain cases but generally i don't like it. Pau ferro....not sure but from all accounts of how it sounds i'm not going to try it. Whats a real drag is that since RW became a premium wood i can not longer find a RW board tele or strat i want w/o paying more then a retired and tightly budgeted person like myself can afford. Even used classic series strats and teles have become stupid expensive and RW necks of the same model are impossible to find. I think that speaks to how a lot of people feel about Pau Ferro, tho i think most dislike it for the looks more then sound.
     
  7. fender4life

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    I did too, tho i really can't comment on whether it sounds as good as it would if it were RW. But the guitar sounds great in any case. I'd really be curious to see how the IL board strats and teles sound because being a fender guy i am infinitely more in tune with fender style guitars and the subtle details of how various parts and woods affect the sound on them. I have far less experience with gibson designs and that plus the fact you can't swap necks and hear the difference makes it near impossible to really know. I have played the new classic vibes with IL but not plugged in.
     
  8. schmee

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    Rosewood and Ebony are my favorites and a toss up. Ebony #1 if it's old school, completely black, tight grain Ebony. But if the Rosewood is nearly the same very tight grain, it's probably #1.
    My '69 Bluesbird M-75 looked like satin black plastic it was such tight grain Ebony.
     
  9. Riversider

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    Rosewood for me. It feels right.
    I love the look of maple, but don't usually like the feel of finished maple boards. Maybe my technique is just poor, but I somehow don't like the friction when I dig in and bend on finished maple.
    Haven't tried ebony properly yet though.
    Oh, and the streaky, light colour of lots of the Pau Ferro boards I see puts me off buying one of those.
     
  10. netgear69

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    Brazilian Rosewood & Cocobolo
     
  11. aeyeq

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    On the Telecaster it must be maple. Rosewood on the rest.
     
  12. TeleGASter

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    I concur.
     
  13. TeleGASter

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    To add, i don't mind if the headstock color matches the body as well
     
  14. Dukex

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    I like them all but prefer ebony on acoustics.
     
  15. Amby

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    Fender = maple everytime.
     
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  16. Ricky D.

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    As long as the grain is really tight, I like them all. It's just an appearance issue after that. If the grain isn't tight, I don't want the guitar.
     
  17. Minivan Megafun

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    I used to be hardcore on Maple. It had to have a maple board. Period. Now half my guitars have maple and the other half are rosewood. I do prefer RW with certain colours and finishes and maple with others. I've ALSO come to believe there is a tonal difference between them and there is something about the warmth of RW I have learned to appreciate.
     
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    Striped ebony. I do not believe in the tone ghost in the fret board. I like the look.
     
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    For me it depends on what guitar it’s on and what I’m using it for. I love Teles mostly with maple, strats too. Additionally I also like rosewood on a strat too. Les Paul custom ebony as prescribed but I now have a Gibson Midtown custom with richlite and I really like it.
     
  20. kjatexas

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    On Fenders, both rosewood and maple. Depends on which looks better with the color of the body.
    On Gibsons I like Rosewood.
    I have one Yamaha semi acoustic with Ebony, which is really nice.
     
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