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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by TeleBluesMan, Sep 30, 2020.
Usually Rosewood, but I have several guitars in Maple also.
Mine is “other“ (graham cracker crust) 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
Ebony, but with a bound edge to stop 'fret poke' when humidity shrinks the width of the fingerboard.
Maple on a tele or strat.
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).
As you know, Leonidas' (a.k.a. Leo Fender) most significant of many inventions was the MODULAR GUITAR. Don't like one neck, bolt on another. Like skilled bicyclists view their machines, advanced Fender players should view their instrument(s) as (a) beautiful, holistic assembly(ies) of component parts. Rock on!
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).
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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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.
I prefer just plain ole African, or Indian Rosewood but I really like Brazilian & also Madagascar Rosewood
Brazilian on a 2000 Tokai LS-320 (flat sawn which is very unusual)
Brazilian on a circa 2005 Momose MLS-STD/J
Madagascar on a circa 2001 Bacchus BLS-DX
Then there's this ..........
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.
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.
Will not own a guitar with a maple fretboard.
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.
I like a nice dark rosewood.
Stainless steel frets on ebony is the ultimate!
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).
My teles are bright enough as it is. Plus, all my acoustics are ebony, aside from my J-45.
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 ; ]