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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BusyFingers, Sep 21, 2017.
Basswood works great on EBMM Bongo
Well, I must say a few things regarding this, being one of the "poo-poo-ers" of Basswood in the original thread-
On the "hate it" side, I found the tone of my MIJ-P-bass to be lackluster; that is, lacking any sort of focus. Dull and "thuddy". Not the sound of a P-bass as I'd heard to that point of my life/career.
On the "maybe it ain't so bad after all" side (or maybe I should call it "retract my statement?"), my playing then (remember, late 80's/very early 90's, so I maybe had 4-5 years of "self teaching" under my belt) wasn't so hot, and I just didn't understand what all the fuss about a P-bass . My amplification wasn't so hot either (a VERY road worn V4B driving an equally worn Traynor 2X15 with mismatched Peavey drivers). Was the P-bass the tone I hear in my head or the one I was searching for (at the time)? Probably not. Given the tendency of that era's players to wanna be either Stu Hamm, Billy Sheehan or maybe still Jaco (self included), this instrument didn't suit my search, thus fueling my equally vain feelings top this day regarding Basswood.
If I ever get to try one of these instruments, I will certainly try to make an unbiased assessment!
Although, I WILL go on record as saying regarding Basswood- it seemed to be very easily prone to dings and gouges, unlike Ash or Alder! My current instrument is Alder, and other than the usual wear spots through the finish, has withstood being dropped, falling off guitar stands on stage, and being played by a drunk audience member (himself, a bass player though).
Go try a EBMM Bongo and report back
I would bet a LOT of $$ that less than 1% of people could determine which bass was made of alder, ash, maple, basswood, etc in a Blind sound test.
I have no idea what kind of wood any of my guitars or basses are made of, and will never ever care even a little bit.
Bassist: "So my plan is to add a thin layer of mahogany between the koa and bubinga to enhance the inherent growl of the ebony fret board, while boosting my glassy upper mids with three extra winds on my reverse-P configuration and adjusting the distance of the J pickup from the bridge by 2.5mm..."
The entire listening public: "Aaaay Macarena!"
I was just about to jest that surely you must play a P-Bass, then I saw that you prefer P-Basses.
I used to have an Ibanez BTB that was a basswood body with a maple veneer. There was definitely something about the mids with that bass. In retrospect I figured out that it was the typical Ibanez cheap electronics.
By contrast, I would point out that Ernie Ball's Bongo series is entirely based on Basswood bodies. You don't hear, or at least I don't hear, people saying that the Bongo line is lacking in tone.
This just in...Music Man to discontinue the Bongo line of basses.
I like that. I actually know what mine are but don't care one little bit.
Don't care what type of wood, although I do like my basses on the heavy side.
Tone wood on electric solid body instruments? Lol
(That's all I have to say about this topic)
I will never buy a basswood instrument again.
New Ibby SR800 from the late 80's.
Look at it the wrong way and it will dent.
Had active preamp. Stripped screw holes out within 2 years changing batteries.
I play a lot unplugged and it isn't as loud as my hardwood basses, unplugged
just drop a high mass bridge on it and you'll be fine.
no, no and no
Um.....we need to talk. Who do you make them for?
Did you use a microscope? Seriously, how did you COUNT layers of paint.....especially twelve of them???
The maple bass would be easy to figure out. Just listen for the grunting sound when they pick it up.
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