Joe Bonamassa explains why he prefers Stratocasters with maple fretboards over rosewood

Joe Bonamassa playing a Fender Stratocaster with a maple fretboard
(Image credit: Mickey Bernal/Getty Images)

Joe Bonamassa has weighed in on the eternal maple versus rosewood fretboard debate, saying he prefers Fender Stratocasters that are equipped with the former.

The maple versus rosewood conversation is a fiercely contested topic for electric guitar players, with those favoring the latter citing its comfort and warmth as key benefits. Those in the maple camp, though, are all about that punchy note clarity that the lighter wood supposedly offers.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.