Ash is truly a natural smiley face eq! I was a/b-ing a sweet MIA G&L JB-2 with my Fender Jazz V at lunch, playing Peter Muller's "G-String." The lows and highs on that JB-2 were just more prounounced than were on my Alder Fender. The Fender has sweeter mids, and the tone "sang" a bit more, but I loved the punch of that ash. One more thing: The JB-2 the most underrated Jazz style bass of all time! Why G&L does not make this bass in a five is beyond bad business. A nice, wide necked version of this would be wonderful for all the bassists who would love another high quality Jazz in the under $1,500 price range.