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Re: Rosewood vs Maple fretless

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Posted by splatbass on October 08, 2001 at 20:28:24:

In Reply to: Rosewood vs Maple fretless posted by Ron on October 08, 2001 at 11:51:57:

: I posted this question further down the board but I fear the original question is so old no one will see this one. So, here it is again. Sorry about the double post.

: WRT rosewood vs maple for fretless bass. I've heard that rosewood wears very quickly on fretless necks and that maple is much better. What are your experiences? I'm considering converting a bass with a rosewood fingerboard over to fretless. I've also heard that rosewood fingerboards can be saturated with epoxy to make them last a lot longer. Anybody have any experience with this?
: Thanks.

I have never had experience with maple on a fretless, but I have had 2 with rosewood fingerboards. I would recommend coating the fingerboard with Tru-Oil, available in gun shops. It is made for gun stocks, but many pros use it for fretless fingerboards. It soaks in to the wood and hardens, making it extremely hard. I first read about it in Bass Player magazine, I believe in Rick Turner's column a few years ago. It does change the sound a little, but in my opinion it is for the better, as it gives it more of that fretless "growl". You need to follow the directions, i.e. several thin coats, sanding in between, but it is not hard to do.

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