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Does Fender know what they're talking about?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nino Valenti, Apr 30, 2003.

  1. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I was @ the Fender site looking @ the Victor Bailey Jazz.

  2. Jim Dombrowski

    Jim Dombrowski Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Colorado Springs, CO
    You might have better luck posting this in the Luthier's forum.
  3. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    My only thought is that Fender is comparing the brightness of the body relative to the other body woods they use. Beyond that I would tend to follow the definition posted by Warmoth.
  4. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Yeah, koa's brighter than mahogany, but it's not ash. Maybe the rosewood laminate adds some definition.
  5. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    IMO, Fender swims in murky waters when it goes beyond Ash and Poplar and Alder...

    They should stick to vanilla and let the big guns do the exotic stuff.
  6. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    This was probably written by a marketing type who may or may not have the same understanding of woods and their tonal properties as a master luthier. (No disrespect to marketing types!)
  7. BoiNtC


    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    I'd think so too
  8. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    It was written by a non-musician PR person...
  9. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Talking about wood's contribution to tone is gonna always cause arguments.

    Carl Thompson uses all sorts of exotics and weird laminations on his basses but he has been quoted as saying he thinks it makes absolutely no difference :eek:

    Obviously some builders feel otherwise :D
  10. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    ...who can't spell "Pau Ferro" either.

    worse, because Fender is supposedly the be-all, end-all of bass guitars, some peopel are copying the error. In other words, Fender's helping spread ignorance.

    I don't know who it is that proofreads their material, but I'd sure like to apply for the job...
  11. old_skool


    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI

    I dont think youll get it...:D
  12. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Not the first time they did that either. The "tremolo arm" on a stratocaster (oh horrors! I'm talking about guitars!) is for vibrato and the vibrato input on many Fender guitar amps is actually a tremolo... Apparently Fender confused the two terms at one point and simply never did much to correct the situation...
  13. Here's another.
    Fender's '62 reissue Jazz bass has the old 2 stack-knob control plate, a feature that only appeared in '60. The beauty of this is that they've known of this cockup for the 13 years or whatever it is that the '62 reissue has been in production, and have made no attempt to rectify it, despite my sending several letters and emails (I do have better things to do, it just irked me...LOL)
  14. I agree with everything that's being said. Koa, Mohagony, and Rosewood, are all warm sounding soods. However, I think the real question is: How does this bass actually sound in person? Have any of you guys tried it? I can't comment because I have not.
  15. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000