Firstly, thanks in advance to all who respond. Most importantly, this is not another general " how much does wood effect the tone" thread !!!! There are tons of these and much debate already here on TB. My questions are SPECIFIC only to RA basses
I have three great fretless basses. I would like to add a RA as that would round out the tonal spectrum that I want.
I love the sound of this RA bass from Peter Kastner : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycN9x_5MqHQ
Obviously was recorded high quality . He says: " I just went straight into Logic. Apogee Duet." Probably some compression there also ??
Now, obviously, he is a GREAT player and yes, it is "all in the hands" etc. I am not as good a player as he is but I can play in that realm to some degree so I certainly do not think that by getting "that bass" then I will sound like him.
Also, I have played a deep 5 [ actually owned one for a while ] a mouse and the MB-2. I definitely want the 4 string MB-2.
So, from Rob himself: Although there are many wood variations, the basic tone of all the basses offered is about the same within each model, and here is the reason why: the neck and the hollow design of the body, in combination with a wooden bridge and nylon tape wound strings, produce the lionís share of the instrumentís tone.
There are two RA's on ebay right now. One, mahogany body/maple-rosewood or ebony ? neck-fingerboard. The other appears to be ash body but has a mahogany neck with ebony or rosewood neck-fingerboard
So, how much DO the body and neck woods effect the sound?