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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-27-2020, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Roasted maple fretboard vs regular maple fretboard

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I have the opportunity to get a replacement neck for my guitar and I can choose the fretboard between ebony and roasted maple.
I know how ebony feels and I like that it doesn't stick to my fingertips when I'm bending.

Should I expect a similar feel to roasted maple? I've played an Ibanez RG 652 with maple board, but that one had a poly satin finish, which I felt somewhat grabby. Rosewood feels fine to me.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-27-2020, 06:45 PM
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It's the finish that makes it feel that way. Rosewood boards are not typically painted/cleared with any finish. A bare maple fingerboard feels great, the grain is nice and tight too so it's smoother feeling than rosewood. I've never played a roasted maple neck or fingerboard, I would imagine it's more of an aesthetic than a feel, unless it's is not covered with any finish. But even then they do rub the neck with oil and it's an oil finish. I prefer an oil finish. Sticky finishes are definitely not my cup of tea either.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-28-2020, 11:23 AM
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Re: Roasted maple fretboard vs regular maple fretboard

Roasted maple is usually unfinished or just an oil finish, so it's super silky smooth and low friction. It's about as good as it gets really if you want a slippery feel. Otherwise it just feels like maple.
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