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    joelap
    Red&Goldologist

  • joelap
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    Re: Ebony vs Rosewood

    Yeah... go ebony! It's very unique and it'll give the guitar a personality, so to speak.

    If I had the option to go ebony, i would. Any difference in tone can most likely be made up for when you consider all the factors involved. Unless you're going for one specific tone with NO EXCEPTIONS, I'm sure you'll find it to be neglegible. (sp?)

    *EDIT* oh by the way, ebony feels faster.

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  • hacker
    Tone Member

  • hacker
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    I prefer ebony-it does feel smoother and play faster than rosewood or maple, to me. Tonewise, I think fingerboard wood accounts for only a very small percentage of your tone. I am basing this on several guitars that I've owned where I have switched between maple and rosewood necks.

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  • oliver
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    I myself also really like the look of ebony as opposed to rosewood. I just wanted to see if there was much of a differnece tone wise between the 2 and if Ebony was too bright. Doesn't seem the case.

    With the great posts I am leaning towards ebony fingerboard.

    Any other last advice ?

    Thanks

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  • papersoul
    Mojo's Minions

  • papersoul
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    Honestly, with all the guitars I've owned....I feel little and hear little difference between the two. I doubt anyone could tell the difference in a blind taste test.

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  • Gamera
    Mojo's Minions

  • Gamera
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    Actually I prefer ebony all-around. My understanding and experience of the different fretboard woods is a little different from what kill_your_scene states.

    Solid maple looks killer. Especially with certain body styles/colors (white Strat w/ white pickguard) you can't beat the look. Soundwise maple tends to be bright and snappy. The feel of a maple board is very smooth. The softer maple doesn't seem to hold up as well over time though. Usually when you see pics of old, reliced necks with pits and grooves from playwear it's a maple neck.

    Rosewood has a smoother, darker tone. It also has a longer, more textured grain in the wood that you can actually feel when playing. It's not a bad feel, but certainly not as smooth as maple. Rosewood also tends to hold up better over time. Rosewood color can vary from a light reddish-brown to a very dark, almost black color.

    Ebony is kind of the best of both worlds. It's a very hard wood with almost no grain. It looks and feels like smooth, polished stone. Because of this it's very durable. It may not be as dark sounding as rosewood but I don't find it as bright as maple either. It's sort of someplace in-between soundwise. And it looks killer. Shiny fretwork and fancy inlays really seem to jump off the board as the dark black contrasts nicely with them. Match that with black pickups/controls and you have a very classy-looking axe.

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  • TwilightOdyssey
    Darkness on the edge of Tone

  • TwilightOdyssey
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    I can always hear and feel the difference in playing on a ebony fingerboard than a rosewood one.

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  • kill your scene
    Tone Member

  • kill your scene
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    Of course, it goes without saying that there are many factors contributing to tone and some people find fretboard material to be more relevant than others. Just play what you like

    Everyone who posts on this thread must have a link to John Kerry's website in their sig.

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  • oliver
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    Originally posted by kill your scene
    Rosewood gives you warmer, darker tone. Ebony is so hard and smooth... much more glass-like... gives you a brighter tone. Some people say ebony's inherent smoothness gives your guitar a slick feel, but I guess that's debatable. Incidentally, maple gives you a bright, chimey tone as well. The reason rosewood is so warm and dark tone-wise is because it's pourous and soft.

    I prefer ebony for looks (it looks sharp as hell) but rosewood for tone. I'm kind of conflicted in that regard. Maple has it's place as well.... my strat has a maple fretboard and it seems well-suited to strats.
    Very informative, Thanks

    I do have a Tele has that more of the classic twang. I want this guitar to be as full sounding as I can get it , like a Les Paul( I know I won't get that close without the big heavy body).

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  • papersoul
    Mojo's Minions

  • papersoul
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    I feel little difference between the two when playing because really you play off the frets, not the fretboard. For the most part, the guitar as a whole will have a much larger impact on the tone than the fretboard anyway.

    My Dean with ebony board is much darker in tone than my LP with rosewood board.

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  • kill your scene
    Tone Member

  • kill your scene
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    Rosewood gives you warmer, darker tone. Ebony is so hard and smooth... much more glass-like... gives you a brighter tone. Some people say ebony's inherent smoothness gives your guitar a slick feel, but I guess that's debatable. Incidentally, maple gives you a bright, chimey tone as well. The reason rosewood is so warm and dark tone-wise is because it's pourous and soft.

    I prefer ebony for looks (it looks sharp as hell) but rosewood for tone. I'm kind of conflicted in that regard. Maple has it's place as well.... my strat has a maple fretboard and it seems well-suited to strats.

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  • oliver
    started a topic Ebony vs Rosewood

    Ebony vs Rosewood

    Hi,

    I am currently building a guitar with a strat type body and purchasing the neck over the weekend. I have the choice between a maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard or maple and ebony fingerboard.
    My questions are :
    Which wood would give me more of a darker tone ebony or rosewood? Does fingerboard wood really affect tone anyways?

    My strat will have a humbucker ( some sort of PAF) and I play through a TWIN. I don't want the guitar to sound too bright or twangy.

    Thanks
    Last edited by oliver; 07-08-2004, 08:10 AM.
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