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Posted by Mickster on September 10, 2001 at 17:18:44:
In Reply to: rosewood or maple posted by dave-o on September 10, 2001 at 15:02:06:
: i'm going to be getting a new bass soon (Fender Deluxe P-bass Special) and i'm not sure which fretboard wood to get, any info on the ups, downs, tones and overall descriptions of the 2 woods would be appreciated, thanx!
Dave, I recently played two Musicman Stingrays minutes apart, and through the same amp. One had a rosewood board, the other was maple. As could be expected, the rosewood board had a warmer, slightly less focused tone(the kind I like)than the maple board, which was tighter, brighter and a little more articulate.
It wasn't a huge diffefence, but, I noticed it right away. A lot of slappers use maple boards for precisely this reason. You can compensate somewhat with your midrange control, but, all things being equal, maple is brighter. BTW, I also played a Deluxe P-bass Special a few months ago, and that is one dynamite sounding bass! Also, Bass Player magazine did a review of two 5 string versions of this bass; one with a Pau Ferro board(similar to rosewood) and one maple, and they found the same results: the maple was brighter and more focused espacially on the low B string. Have you ever played a Musicman? They're incredible!
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