Did your ash improve with age ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Jun 30, 2008.


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Do you think the the resonance and tone of your ash has improved with age ?
  2. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Not that I've noticed but if it did it'd probably be too gradual to notice.
  3. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    I don't know what it sounded like new (not original owner), but my 20 year old swamp ash Sadowsky sounds amazing....unplugged!
  4. Alfik


    May 25, 2008
    Yes but not as rapidly as alder. I've got 1978 Ash Fender Jazz Bass 1983 Ash Precision Elite converted to passive and 1972 Ash Ibanez Jazz Lawsuit converted to fretless. VERY heavy Basses. I compared all of them to many modern Ash Fenders including custom shop models. None of them came close to my old basses. They more alive sounding and more responsive all over the neck. Mayby 20-30 Years ago wood was better quality then now. But I believe that basses becomes more resonant after many years of vibrating in hands of player.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    I am happy for you :)

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Man I would love to know how old the ash is in my basses.
  7. My wife says yes but the mirror says differently........oh, I thought you said a**. ;)

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.
  8. OptimusPrime


    Mar 30, 2008
    Man, so it's going to be 19 more years until my Jazz really shines? Sounds phenomenal now though. And it can only get better?
  9. Alfik


    May 25, 2008
    Every hour of Your playing makes Your bass (and Your hands) sounding better
  10. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Nice to see you around JR. :)
  12. therex


    Jun 24, 2007
    somewhat related post:
    my mahogany acoustic alto 6 string bass(AKA guitar) sounds better that 2 years ago, not sure why but i feel its louder and more alive sounding
  13. Oberion

    Oberion Inactive

    Jun 22, 2008
    I don't know about the ash but I have an alder 00 MIA jazz that did not sound as brilliant now as when it first purchased. I had parked it up for a couple years and only recently put it back it into playing rotation. It sounds so much warmer and punchier now than it ever did.

    But then again, I did strip off most of the finish and put on a BAII bridge:D