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Maple vs Ebony

Discussion in 'Warwick - Custom Shop' started by Genral Specific, Jan 4, 2010.

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    Genral Specific

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    I was recently shopping the CS section of Warwick's webpage. I noticed that maple fretboards need to have a finish but ebony does not. Do these two woods sound the same? I could save money if I don't have to finish the fingerboard with Ebony. Thanks.
     
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    The ebony is more dense of course. But, imho you won't hear the difference. The money is better spent on another option you would notice more.
     
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    Of course the colour of a fretboard does count in my humble opinion. Maple board basses look totally different than ebony/rosewood.

    Then sounds: I haven't A/B tested a similar bass with maple vs. ebony, but I think the fretboard is very important for the sound of a bass. I love to gig my Buzzard and '76 Thunderbird, but to small pubs and so I always take my two workhorses: Two Mexican Fender Precisions. One maple and one rosewood. Different animals. Maple is more punk/treble/..., rosewood is more classic P (though maple is really the first wood used for P necks, I know).
     
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    yeah, maple is a bit more trebley and birght (compared to rosewood and such).. but when it comes to ebony, I might be mistaken here, but it gives a nice percussive attack in the highs when beaten and a smooth dense dark sustain when fingered.. This might be just my mind messin' with me but that's the impression I got..

    Also on the CS thing side.. IMHO it is always better to get what suits you then to save cash...
     
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    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    MAX is right. Maple is bright - clanky, wenge is warm, ebony is hi - fi sounding.

    The fingerboard does make a big difference in sound.
     
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    What about rosewood?
     
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    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    Quite similar with Wenge
     
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    Wenge kinda gives the natural compression and better growl (again, if I am not mistaken).. Rosewood is more classic and a bit warmer
     
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    Maple! But i'm turning into a fender boy so i'll back away now...=D Maple is more open sounding compared to ebony though in my opinion.
     
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    I think that the type and thinkness of the finish on the maple board will effect the sound,I'm not sure though.I know it changes the way a fretless bass sounds so it might do the same on a fretted bass to.
     
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    Thanks for the input!

    Is ovangkol closer to maple or rosewood, in tone?

    So far, I am sure about this much. I want to replace my Jazz bass with Warwick's take on that style bass.

    Corvette Std Ash
    -passive PUs
    -Active 3 band pre
    -maple neck
    -maple or ebony fretboard (?)

    Any opinions?
     
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    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    We use that combination for thumb NT.
    The ovankol neck sounds somewher inbetween Wenge and maple. Ebony adds some nice smooth high end definition.
     
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