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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. Telecastoff1

    Telecastoff1 Tele-Afflicted

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    Usually Rosewood, but I have several guitars in Maple also.
     
  2. cosmiccowboy

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    Mine is “other“ (graham cracker crust) :lol: Man if I only had a dollar for every time I’ve seen a similar thread to this question I could donate a bunch a money to the TDPRI or have a super sweet custom built Tele :D
     
  3. SimonBaja

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    Ebony, but with a bound edge to stop 'fret poke' when humidity shrinks the width of the fingerboard.

    Maple on a tele or strat.
     
  4. Frank Entele

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    I have maple, ebony and rosewood - I like them all. A favorite doesn’t emerge but think chords are cleaner on ebony and maple than rosewood, rosewood seems to make double stops thicker sounding (re: blues lines).

    ...or I’m crazy and they’re all the same (which leaves me at I’m just crazy).
     
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  5. Karl Beach

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    Ebony (I have a vintage '79 one I love).
    Rosewood next. Amazing.
    Hater on plain maple. It's a deal killer for me and I won't buy a guitar with one. (selling off my one guitar with all maple neck as a result).
     
  7. FraKo

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    Maple. This is my latest purchase, a Squier 70's (Strat, of course). But I've got a tele and a a HSS strat with rosewood, too. And I like them. As far as other (non-fender-like) guitars, dark woods look as a natural choice.
     

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  8. TeleBluesMan

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    1,910 views, 106 replies and counting! ;)
     
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  9. cpk313

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    I prefer rosewood over maple but I haven't played anything else. I like it so much that I swapped out the maple neck on my baja telecaster for a similarly sized rosewood boarded neck. I know some people will find that sacrilegious but I really like the rosewood and ash body combination. It's a bit more growly, a little less twanging.
     
  10. JJLC

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    I prefer just plain ole African, or Indian Rosewood but I really like Brazilian :cool: & also Madagascar Rosewood :D


    Brazilian on a 2000 Tokai LS-320 (flat sawn which is very unusual)
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    Brazilian on a circa 2005 Momose MLS-STD/J
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    Madagascar on a circa 2001 Bacchus BLS-DX
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    Then there's this ..........
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  11. dasherf17

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    Mu Tele's maple but swapped the Strat copies rosie for a few gigs (the maple Tele onto the Strat) to see if anyone would notice...
    I like a not-SO-bright sound, so the swap was an eye/ear opener.
    Yeah, I favor rosewood. Maple's good too in the right application.
     
  12. dreamsinger

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    Normally ebony is my default choice BUT in the case of my Tele, maple works for me. To a certain limited extent it has to do with how the fingerboard affects the sound. I've been tempted to build a chambered mahogany Tele with P90's and an ebony 'board.
     
  13. DekeDog

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    1) Ebony
    2) Rosewood

    Will not own a guitar with a maple fretboard.
     
  14. Lizzard

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    I have to disagree with some of this. Mainly the assertion that higher quality is attributed to hardness.

    Density and hardness include Cr tone and attack. But just like with a tone stack, pickup or speaker; quality is in the users mind.

    some say Ebony cuts well, some say it’s austere.

    it is but one component in a very complex (increasingly the simpler the chain), chain of variables that affect the tone.

    And I want to line up some of the clever folks with super hearing to put on a blindfold and tell me the difference in sound between dark IRW and streaked or a sample with more heartwood.

    build two guitars as identically as possible except for the fingerboard wood. Put on a blindfold and I will stack money on the table against you telling heartwood and dark rosewood apart and correctly assigning a consistent preference.

    I think neck wood has perhaps the single most important sway over tone of a guitar. Right there with body wood. Maybe more so.
     
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    I like a nice dark rosewood.
     
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    Stainless steel frets on ebony is the ultimate!
     
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  17. kinkstah

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    Maple all the way for me : out of my 6 Fenders (3 Teles, 1 Precision Bass, 2 Strats), 5 have a maple neck. Just a matter of aesthtics / taste, though (in terms of feel, sound, etc., it makes no difference to me).
     
  18. oregomike

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    #1 Ebony
    #2 Rosewood

    My teles are bright enough as it is. Plus, all my acoustics are ebony, aside from my J-45.

    OregonMike
     
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    Depends what sound you are going for. I have slick ebony on a Falcon, warm rosewood on a Hofner 12-string electric, percussive maple on a Tele and get a heavier sound with burnt-maple on a Les Paul Custom. It's a colour pallet of sound ; ]
     
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