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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bearclaws, Jun 20, 2002.
Anybody have a preference for an Ash or Alder wood bass (body)?
If so, which and why?
There was a thread on this a couple of days ago. Do a search.
I like both. I find swamp ash tighter and punchier but alder sweeter with more mids. Both sound great.
Like Jim, I'll assume you're talking about swamp ash.
I have no preference because each does something better than the other, as long as either one's tonal properties aren't stifled by a paint or thick candy coat, poly, finish.
- Swamp ash has more "spank" and edge. The bottom is clear and big. The highs have a lot of "bite." Better suited to full-on rock.
- Alder gives a lot of mids that merge with warmer lows but still does a nice job with bright highs. It is a more "sweet singing" wood as opposed to the "in-your-face" qualities of swamp ash. For R&B and jazz, alder would be my preference.
Caveat - the tonal properties of either wood are only as good as the board(s) used and how the maker handles them.
I prefer alder because it's lighter and I like the sound.
Ash is heavy as hell.
Swamp ash is not as heavy as regular ash, if I remember right. I've never had a swamp ash bass so I don't really know.
so what would the tonal differences between southern swamp ash and northern bog ash be????????
Thats whats up there right? bogs????
I have a $400 Yamaha that's made of alder, and I just love the warmth of it. Alder w/rosewood board = sweet sounds.
I am quite happy with my ash P bass w/ Maple neck/fretbord
Bloody heavey though.
I love my '96 Swamp Ash Warwick Corvette w/ wenge neck/fingerboard. Its one slappin' bee-yotch! www.ptmeatbox.com
ash and a maple neck are perfect for me, im loving the high end bite and "in your face" -ness. fortunetly, ive gotten used to the weight.
Rickbass gave a nice overview, which I agree with. My choice is ash because of its inherent tone.