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    I was just curious to get some of your opinions on fretboard woods. I usually prefer maple for strat-style guitars, even though I almost always play a Les Paul. I also like ebony on some guitars. What are your thoughts?

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    I agree with you on the maple. I like the feel of maple on a a strat as well, as long as it's not laquered or coated. Ebony's nice but it can feel too slick, but if you've got low frets ebony's a great wood.

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    That depends more on the pickups than the style of guitar. I prefer maple definately, but I do have my preferences. For my Strats, since I put YJM and HS-3 Dimazio pick ups in them, I prefer maple. You see, both of these pickups, apart from being strat style humbuckers, are very low output, warm pickups. The Maestro (Yngwie) uses them because they better project the more subtle aspects of chords. Therefore, if you have warm pick ups on a guitar, I feel you have to offset them with a maple neck/fretboard to add a crispness back to the sound. For guitars with high output pickups, any type will work, depending on the type of sound you want (along with the look you want). It's all very personalized really. What sounds good to me might sound like crap to someone else. Just use whatever works for you.

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    Maple(non-laquered)
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