Re: Fingerboards

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Posted by Mickster on January 24, 2001 at 08:26:35:

In Reply to: Fingerboards posted by Bob the Bass Player on January 23, 2001 at 17:35:50:

: For years I've sworn by rosewood over maple fingerboards. They just seem better, faster and more solid.

: Can anyone explain why?

: I've thought about it and considering that I never actually touch the fingerboard, I can't come up with any reason why one is better than the other.

: Bob

Bob, firstly, rosewood is a much softer wood than maple, and this has more of an
effect on the sound than you'd think. If you took two P-basses one with a rose-
wood fingerboard, the other maple, you'd notice that the maple one had a brighter tone with a more pronounced high end, while the rosewood guy would have a warmer, more mellow tone. And while it is true that the strings resting
against the frets is what makes the sound, your fingers actually "dip" onto the
fingerboard. As I said rosewood is a softer wood, in sound and feel. I also think it looks better than maple, but, that's just my humble opinion.


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