Originally Posted by thebigugly
Maple and ebony are slighty faster and more comfortable to play. Mainly because of their denser grain. With a denser grain also comes a tone that is slightly more prone to the treble sounds. Rosewood has been traditionally associated with warmer sound. But yes maple is slightly faster but not so much so that rosewood should inhibit your speed. So don't let the speed of the fretboard influence you too much. Remember that a good characteristic tone and comfort in playing should be tops in your choices. Hope this helps. Joshua
Your fingers will move as fast as your fingers will move.
The only thing that would inhibit speed would be MAYBE be fretboard friction. But there are too many exceptions on both sides of the table that there is no clear "faster" wood, and its certainly not enough to make any sort of difference, the results are certainly neglegable.
Originally Posted by ElectriK
The sonic differences are so slight that you are pretty much able to choose based on what looks better or feels better to you.
Now, the differences in tone are NOT slight at all.
I almost returned an amp to the store because of the differences between Maple and rosewood.
I bought a JSX after playing one at the store with a rosewood-boarded, basswood body Ibanez JEM77FP. Sounded great. I bought the XXX cab they're JSX was sitting on, and I took home a different JSX that was still in the box.
Now, I got home, and I plug in my RG550, which has the same PAF pros, the same Edge tremolo, the same basswood body, same everything as the JEM, except for the fretboard: Maple.
I set my JSX on the XXX cab (the same exact cab I used at the store) and started wailing away.
Hmm, its not nearly as warm and lush as it was at the store. It was alot brighter, and I couldn't dial out the bright tone.
I thought my amp was messed up, or not biased right, or something like that, because the guitars should sound identical right? WRONG.
Sometime shortly afterward, I stubled across a black 1987 RG550 with a ROSEWOOD fretboard at a Pawn Shop for $100, so I couldn't resist and I bought it. It still had the stock pickups, but I plugged it in anyway. . . . THERE. . .that warm, lush tone was back. I was floored. I couldnt believe that the fretboard made that much of a difference, even with the stock cheap pickups.
Fretboards really DO make a difference. Its almost impossible to tell a difference at the store. But when you know what your own equipment sounds like, and your at your house, you will notice it makes a DRAMATIC difference.
I used to be an all-maple fan, but . . .I must confess I like the rosewood tone better.