Oh-oh, that’s one of those dreaded guitar questions, isn’t it? Maple vs. Rosewood Fingerboards! Some people are convinced that there is not even a noticeable, but actually rather significant difference in tone and not just the way they feel. Personally, I have my doubts that there actually is that much of a gap, as a matter of fact, I would go as far as saying that if there is in fact a difference, it’s marginal at best. And as such, to me, irrelevant when it comes to the sound and tone question with regard to Rosewood vs. Maplewood neck.
But what do I know? Not much, when it comes to these things. So why don’t we listen to an expert on this topic who recently went through great length in running a comprehensive head-on-head project where he put the two different materials to the test. GuitarWorld reported on this recently, too. He did an excellent job with that. I strongly encourage you to check out his website and the video below.
So, Darrell seems to agree with me in general. There doesn’t seem to be a meaningful difference between a Maple- and a Rosewood fingerboard other than personal preference when it comes to handling the instrument. Tone and sound-wise though, there really is none.
Anyway, what’s your opinion on this question? Maybe Darrell and I got it wrong. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below.