Rosewood vs Ebony/Maple

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  1. A-Branger

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    this is what a lot of people loves to say when describing the difference between boards. BEcause you know, they know the exact difference in tone between their 3 different guitars comes down to their fretboard exclusively.... But yeah its always that "rosewwod is warmer and mapple/ebony are snappier"

    the real true is that if you look at woods hardness scale is: Maple<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Rosewwod<<<Ebony

    sorry to shatter everyones bubble :p

    yup^^


    apart from that, rosewood has been soooooo overused that the sight of it alone can make you think that the guitar is/feel "cheap", because thats the wood they use in 100$ guitars..... We are humans, we eat with our eyes more than we do with our mouths
     
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    maple for feel, rosewood for tone, ebony for looks
     
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    Birdseye or caramelized maple are fine for me but the regular finished maple that Fender etc. use feels like sticky glue under my fingers. Can't stand it.
     
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    At what comparative density, under what comparative conditions? Granted, my signature is a monkey eating corn on the cob.
     
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    Then try the non finish Necks Fender also make, like the Charvel and EVH ones.
     
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    Do you guys really touch your fretboard? My fingers and strings don't go anywhere near the wood.
     
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    Same for me - fingerboard wood is a purely aesthetic choice. It just depends on the individual guitar and its wood/finish, as far as what looks best with it.
     
  8. A-Branger

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    only when you do bends that your fingers touch a bit of it.

    reason why super tall frets are a thing, same with scalop fretboards so you have "less resistance" from the board
     
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    Yeah with jumbo frets and a flatter radius it's no issue outside of bending sometimes. Tiny vintage frets + tiny vintage radius + sticky glossy maple finish = absolutely unplayable guitar for me.
     
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    If your strings are scraping on the actual wood when you bend strings then you're applying way too much pressure.

    All the scraping is likely from your frets, not your fingerboard.
     
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    I guess it should be the case too, and as I said, my EC 1000 had pretty worn out frets too, but that doesn't explain why a Musicman Luke that had new frets felt absolutely awful to bend on, maybe the frets being too small for my preferences ?
     
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    Richlite cuz darkerer than ebony so the tone must be brutaler
     
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    Be warned, the lite version expires.
     
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    Could be the frets, could be the radius of the board, could be the way the neck shape interacts with your hand.
     

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