Alder-Rosewood vs Ash-Maple - Alfik response to DanAtkinson experiment
I prepare this test in response to Mr DanAtkinson ASH vs ALDER thread popular on this forum till today.
Last Year I published it on polish forum BassCity with very interesting results.
Those examples were not recoded for this test purpose. I’ve recorded those samples during daily practice time mainly for controlling my progress and trying to get as similar setup for my two fretted Jazz basses as possible. After some time I realized that those samples are ideal for this test. It is Jamiroquai bass line from “give hate a chance”
The basses are:
1. 1971 Fender Jazz Bass Alder - Rosewood with Badass II bridge; Fender American Vintage 62 pickups; CTS 250K pots and CTS No-Load tone pot; Hipshot string retainer; brass nut.
2. 1978 Fender Jazz Bass Ash - Maple with Badass II bridge; Fender American Vintage 62 pickups; CTS 250K pots and CTS No-Load tone pot; Hipshot string retainer; brass nut.
Both basses have pickguard removed for sonic reason. In studio - if instrument is resonant enough, there is very little but audible difference in tone with and without pickguard at least for my own engineer ears. You can laugh about it or simply check if the tone difference is worth for You or not, but please do not discuss it here. Discussion on this topic on polish forum takes about 100 pages...
Both basses have been refretted by the same luthnier, with the same fret wire. Necks pockets of both basses have been cleaned and tightened. Papers and lacquer were removed from neck pockets. They were setup identically. Strings were Ernie Ball Stainless 0,45’ – 0,100’ about Two month old and equally wearied on both basses. They were both recorded using modified SWR Grandprix preamp with identical settings. Bridge pickup and tone fully open neck pickup fully closed.
The question is - on which bass I’ve played it: Ash-Maple or Alder-Rosewood?
Those basses were used:
THIS IS NOT APRIL FOOL'S I SWEAR THAT THOSE EXAMPLES WERE RECORDED ON BASSES AS WRITTEN ABOVE AND PURPOSE OF THIS TEST IS NOT TO FOOLISH ANYBODY FROM OUR BASS COMMUNITY. IT IS MADE FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DO NOT HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO COMPARE OTHERWISE IDENTICAL BASSES IN RECORDING SITUATION. SO PLEASE VOTE. I KNOW THE TEST IS VERY HARD SO IT IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUR EARS IF YOU WROTE THE WRONG ANSWER.
p.s. Sorry for my bad english
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I voted alder/rosewood but, just like the poll results so far, I was inclined 35/35/30% In fact, if you followed up with "April fool! All three were the same sample!", I'd not be totally surprised.
I'm not going to make excuses either - wearing decent h/phones. To think I've long thought the variation would be obvious . I still think maple 'feels' snappier - at least until someone posts seismographs or something
I could care less about the woods, great playing and an awesome tone all around.
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the first one has more fret buzz than the other two so i vote alder rosewood too. but i don't think that has anything to do with the wood. also the second and third sample seem to have a warmer sound overall compared to the more aggressive first one. that might be the wood.
The third clip seems to have a slightly brighter sound than the alder/rosewood clip, so I'm going for the Ash/maple bass.
It is a really small difference though, and with any more instruments I doubt I would be able to tell any difference at all.
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