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Posted by dave-o on September 11, 2001 at 19:39:20:

In Reply to: Re: rosewood or maple posted by Mickster on September 10, 2001 at 17:18:44:

: : 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!

: Good luck,

: Mickster

: thanks mickster, i'll probably get a maple finger board, and yes, i have a played a musicman, they are amazing sounding basses, wish i had enough $$ to get one, but then again i'd prob. get a g&l L2000, thanks again- dave-o

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