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ash and alder properties

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by chimp, Dec 11, 2004.

  1. chimp


    Dec 4, 2004
    South Africa
    since all you in here know your woods could you tell me why alder and ash are the most commonly used bodys whats are their tone characteristic.
  2. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    Alder has a well-balenced tone. From my own experience, it has more prominent mids and resonates well in the treble range. I like alder because it's cheap, but it's kind of a boring-looking wood. Ash is really bright and punchy. Too bright and punchy for my tastes, so I've never actually used it. Ash has a lot of attack, and I hear it's great for basses with single coil pups (i.e. single-coil P-bass). It's a very common tonewood, more expensive than alder, and has a nice grain pattern.

    Hope this helps!! :smug:
  3. I'm no expert on timbers, but I have noticed that my two alder bodied basses (a Cort P-Bass and a Warwick Rockbass Corvette) are both extremely light.

    My third bass made from Carolena is far heavier in comparision.

  4. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Ash and alder are cheap, easy to find and they take finish (dye) well.

    I believe both of these can be traced back to Leo Fender, and so there's a tradition of both of them as suitable tone woods.