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United Kingdom

Aug 2nd, 2013 08:08 AM        

I'm on the lookout for a nicely, heavily reliced Custom strat, which feels really broken in.<br /> <br /> Noticed that most relics out there tend to have rosewood boards. I like the look of the worn patches on maple.<br /> <br /> I'm guessing rosewood is the more popular option for players in terms of sound and feel, which is why the Custom shop seem to produce more relics with them?<br /> <br /> Does anyone have a preference or opinion of the two?


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too many guitars and not enough hands
Aug 2nd, 2013 02:14 PM        

grabs popcorn, puts feet up....... waiting for it to begin ;)<br /> <br />


San Diego

Land of Sea, home of the Waves
Aug 19th, 2013 08:44 PM        

Yes where is my good burbon... Need to stock up for this one.<br /> <br /> <br /> Just saying,<br /> <br /> R


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Sep 12th, 2013 10:33 AM        

Ginger??...... Mary Anne??.....<br /> <br /> Mmmmm Bourbon


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Houston, Texas

"Wanna go tree climbing Thomas J?"
Sep 12th, 2013 10:56 AM        

Lightning is not prejudice. It will strike drown upon both with equal vengeance.<br /> <br /> Sincerely,<br /> Ragtop


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Happiness is a warm tube amp
Sep 12th, 2013 02:51 PM        

I'm surprised to read "most relics out there tend to have rosewood boards". That hasn't been my experience. Most of the better on-line CS dealers have a good selection of both.<br /> <br /> Proud owner of a relic'ed '56 Strat with a big ol' 10/56 maple neck here.



Sep 12th, 2013 06:34 PM        

O.K I'll start it but won't chime in anymore after this.<br /> <br /> Rosewood has a more "wooden" feel under the fingers compared to maple boards that feel "firmer" and glassier depending on the finish.<br /> <br /> Maple is known to provide a brighter tone to the guitar compared to rosewood. A lot will argue they can't tell the difference, others will say it makes a lot of difference, others will say more sustain and a warmer tone, etc, etc.<br /> <br /> My opinion is that it makes a subtle difference. I find maple boards slightly more punchy sounding and maybe(I said maybe) a little less sustain that rosewood boards.<br /> <br /> I prefer maple but like both.

Grey Goose

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Sep 20th, 2013 06:09 AM        

I like both types, new and worn. I think they sound and feel different. I'll let you know that I choose either maple or rosewood based on the guitar color/finish. But buy the whole guitar based on sound, feel, vibe, etc...<br /> <br /> YMMV, best of luck!


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Suburban Detroit, Mi

Sep 23rd, 2013 01:23 PM        

Not sure which is more prevalent in the relic arena but it's a fairly easy question to answer: Maple looks, sounds and plays better than rosewood. There have been countless double-blind studies performed by experts the world over. In majority of the studies, even the parents upstairs agreed.


South Florida

Nov 11th, 2013 08:24 PM        

On a Strat or Tele its maple....as God intended. I'm pretty sure it's in the Bible somewhere.


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Ocala, Fla

Jan 19th, 2014 06:40 AM        

But seriously, I could see maple appealing to the relic lover simply because it has more visible wear.

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from New Orleans

Apr 2nd, 2016 12:43 AM        

The main reason why Leo decided to put rosewood on his guitar fretboards. was to provide a remedy to the finger wear that accumulates on maple fretboards. He probably had no intention to alter the sound of the instrument.



Jul 6th, 2016 08:46 PM        

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to fret board materials. Its a lot like single coil versus humbuckers. No right or wrong answers just different opinions. <br /> <br /> Its all about personal taste. I like tactile feel of rosewood or ebony over maple.


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Upside Down, Backwards, and Left Handed
Oct 8th, 2016 02:54 PM        

I have one of each...so I am happy no matter what mood I am in!

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