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There is no best. The idea of a best of anything guitar related is obscure at best. Too many variables and Freudian reasons to call anything best.
 

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I hear its mostly about preference, but my question is completely fucking subjective
I fixed the last bit there. It is 100% subjective. Generally harder woods are better structurally as they hold up to refrets (and just hold on to frets) better, but tonally, whatever goes man. 100% preference.
 

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I find that maple is really good for fretboards, both because its tough and it has great definition. But I hated it for years just because of the color.
 

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It's totally subjective, however maple is hands down the best. :agreed:
 

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I've also grown a recent boner for maple boards. I do feel it gives an even more edgy sound. But I still like rosewood and ebony play wise as long as they don't have that awful red/orange-ish look to them.
Will you specify maple on the ESP Guitars Official Ola Englund Signature Guitar With Passives, Handle, And Lion Claw? Beacuase then it would be the ESP Guitars Official Ola Englund Signature Guitar With Passives, Handle, Maple Fretboard And Lion Claw.
 

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Will you specify maple on the ESP Guitars Official Ola Englund Signature Guitar With Passives, Handle, And Lion Claw? Beacuase then it would be the ESP Guitars Official Ola Englund Signature Guitar With Passives, Handle, Maple Fretboard And Lion Claw.
The Ola signature PRS will have a ebony, maple, rosewood striped fretboard. THe frets are passive and the pickups are SuperJumbo Evertune. signature Ola handles volume and tone knob 7-string 8-string djent progressive metal
 

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I've also grown a recent boner for maple boards. I do feel it gives an even more edgy sound. But I still like rosewood and ebony play wise as long as they don't have that awful red/orange-ish look to them.

I hate that:
Yeah that's exactly what my problem is, I hate he colour of rosewood I'd much rather ebony or maple. Hence being why I started this thread to find out if it makes a difference because then there would be two negatives to rosewood

I fixed the last bit there. It is 100% subjective. Generally harder woods are better structurally as they hold up to refrets (and just hold on to frets) better, but tonally, whatever goes man. 100% preference.
Okay thanks lool
 

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Yeah that's exactly what my problem is, I hate he colour of rosewood I'd much rather ebony or maple. Hence being why I started this thread to find out if it makes a difference because then there would be two negatives to rosewood
No, it's subjective. Some people like rosewood for it's darker, warmer tone and its rich brown color. Other, better, people prefer maple for the upper midrange snap it imparts to the tone and the glorious look.
 

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The Ola signature PRS will have a ebony, maple, rosewood striped fretboard. THe frets are passive and the pickups are SuperJumbo Evertune. signature Ola handles volume and tone knob 7-string 8-string djent progressive metal
will it have a handle though :lol:
 

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No, it's subjective. Some people like rosewood for it's darker, warmer tone and its rich brown color. Other, better, people prefer maple for the upper midrange snap it imparts to the tone and the glorious look.
Okay my question was actually meant to be "do they each have there own individual sound" I didn't mean best.
 

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Wirelessly posted :)yesway:)

It's subtle. I would be more worried about what feels best to you.
 

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^Yep. There are so many factors at play, i never even worry about sounds of fretboard wood. I just go with what I like asthetically. for the most part.
 

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Ebony "feels" nicer under my fingers but then again I hulk fist the guitar so I probably feel it a little more than others. However, feel/tonal differences are minimal and it really comes down to personal preference on aesthetics. Many other pieces of a guitar have a much larger impact on tone than the fretboard.
 

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The Ola signature PRS will have a ebony, maple, rosewood striped fretboard. THe frets are passive and the pickups are SuperJumbo Evertune. signature Ola handles volume and tone knob 7-string 8-string djent progressive metal
Yes! :lol:
 
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