I've only ever played maple, ebony and rosewood (no clue which kind). I like maple the best, I get more attack and brightness from it, which I like. Ebony seems to be a close second. I only have rosewood because some guitars I like came that way. I really like the variegated ebony, and if the 90% of ebony trees they left to rot are suitable for fretboard use, I'll buy those guitars.