Roasted maple vs pau ferro vs indian rosewood?

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by vejichan, Feb 28, 2021.

  1. vejichan

    vejichan SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    1,071
    Likes Received:
    135
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2012
    Location:
    New york
    Which do you prefer ? Why

    Roasted maple vs pau ferro vs indian rosewood?
     
  2. Omzig

    Omzig SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    749
    Likes Received:
    1,407
    Joined:
    May 3, 2012
    Location:
    West Midlands,UK
     
    mmr007 and NickS like this.
  3. NickS

    NickS Rocket Surgeon

    Messages:
    1,549
    Likes Received:
    745
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2012
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Pale Moon Ebony. Or Richlite.
     
  4. budda

    budda Do not criticize as this Contributor

    Messages:
    27,755
    Likes Received:
    9,927
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    Location:
    Earth
    Depends on what the guitar looks like.
     
    thebeesknees22 likes this.
  5. Grindspine

    Grindspine likes pointy things

    Messages:
    1,504
    Likes Received:
    554
    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2014
    Location:
    Indiana
    Maple fretboards are usually finished. Rosewood and Pau Ferro are open-pore, more oily woods, so either one will have to be maintained by occasional oiling.

    Some say maple fretboards give a bit more snap and treble response while rosewood is warmer and mellows the sound. Pau Ferro is said to be somewhere in between. Your mileage may vary. The sound differences can pretty minor depending on your amp and pedals.

    I prefer rosewood or ebony to other woods, but that is personal preference. I have some great birds eye maple boards, just favor the rosewood for no specific reason.
     
  6. vejichan

    vejichan SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    1,071
    Likes Received:
    135
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2012
    Location:
    New york
    For Rosewood and Pau Ferro..what kind of maintenance would need to be done and how often? Please advise. Thanks


     
  7. USMarine75

    USMarine75 Colorless green ideas sleep furiously Contributor

    Messages:
    7,989
    Likes Received:
    9,319
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2010
    Location:
    VA
    Oil so they don't dry out. Every once in awhile when you're already doing a string change. Apply, let sit, then wipe away any excess with a cotton rag. Easy.
     
  8. dmlinger

    dmlinger PepperFox

    Messages:
    554
    Likes Received:
    671
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Location:
    Prosper, TX
    Indian Rosewood is my favorite. The personal guitar I built myself a few months back has an all rosewood neck and it is killer.

    I built a guitar with a pau ferro fretboard a few years ago and it was OK. Of the 3 I'd rate roasted maple second over pau ferro. Just my opinion.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    Grindspine and zappatton2 like this.
  9. bostjan

    bostjan MicroMetal Contributor

    Messages:
    17,073
    Likes Received:
    6,220
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2005
    Location:
    St. Johnsbury, VT USA
    I love pau ferro. It's interesting looking, it's super durable, and, IME, offers a good stability and tone. But it has a tint to it, so you have to work with the aesthetics instead of against it.

    Same could be said for rosewood or figured ebony, but those are Cites restricted, so they can get you into trouble.
     
  10. Kaura

    Kaura evanesencensencenenist

    Messages:
    1,697
    Likes Received:
    1,751
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2016
    Location:
    Middle-Vantaa, Finland
    I have a few guitars with Pau Ferro. I don't mind it and I don't really see the difference compared to rosewood. My favorite is both aesthetically and feeling-wise very thick gloss maple.
     
  11. MikeNeal

    MikeNeal SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    725
    Likes Received:
    585
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2013
    Location:
    Toronto, ON
    Pau ferro is one of my favourite woods.

    looks great, dimensionally stable, easy to work with, cheap.
     
  12. Wuuthrad

    Wuuthrad SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    930
    Likes Received:
    1,400
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2019
    Pau Ferro feels harder than Ebony in my fingers and is colored more like Rosewood.

    Looks great and sounds great. A lot of the supposed “ebony” boards are dyed woods in the same family as far as I understand. Ebony is great however!

    Best guitar fingerboard I played was a late 50s maple tele my friend had when I was starting out, but you know- memories...corners of the mind...softly sweetly fading...lol

    Want to try Birdseye maple board, as I have a classical with Birdseye B&S and it sounds (and smells) amazing!

    I personally don’t see a big advantage to baking maple as I’d rather wood aged naturally, but then again I haven’t played it very much. Seems like a shortcut that might have value, and does look cool.

    Another wood that’s getting used is Laurel, which is great too, sort of similar to Rosewood, but more pale.

    I would like to see an unfinished maple board, and wonder why they aren’t really out there?
     
  13. electriceye

    electriceye SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    1,704
    Likes Received:
    507
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2014
    Location:
    New England
    For what?
     

Share This Page