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Fretboard wood-meh. Does finish colour affect your sound?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tassie Devil, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Discuss.

    Tee hee.
  2. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Black finished basses growl more, Sunburst basses thump more with 3TSB being more thumpier than a 2TSB.
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I agree with everyone else.
  4. pghjeeper


    Mar 11, 2011
    Black basses are way more evil and therefore better for metal
  5. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Fools! You mustn't ever paint a bass. Natural finishes sound way better, because they allow the wood to breathe!

    Except red. Red makes your pickups hotter, so that's a fair tradeoff.

    Also, purple is a good color, because a lot of women like it. Then they come up to you after the gig to compliment your bass, and you can flirt with them before the guitar player gets a chance. But unlike red, this has nothing to do with tone, so it's not a consideration amongst us serious musicians.

    I also agree about black basses, but they sound better for metal if they're pointy too. It also helps if the bass player has one of those big spiky armbands, because they help with the resonance of the low mids, bringing out the growl inherent in the points and black paint.
  6. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    +1 to everything above!

    (especially true about the black basses)
  7. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Lead paint. I swear by it.

    It's hard to find, though.
  8. Goldmember

    Goldmember Johan van der Smut

    Gold. Gold. Gold. Your bass will be as shexy as a pancake, and that's the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like it....KC and the Sunshine Band.
  9. curbowkid

    curbowkid Guest

    Jun 27, 2011
    Brooklyn, New York
    I hear white js best for gospel and church. :smug: it is supposed to give a heavenly tone..
  10. atomicdog


    Jun 18, 2011
    Isn't this thread called "fretboard wood . . . "?
  11. GG7


    Mar 14, 2013
    I always prefer black! lol!

    Seriously though...

    I didn't realize that there was a debate about fretboard wood choice having an effect on bite and top end tone.

    At least in regards to the Fender American Jazz Bass, all you need to do is go down to a local music store and take down two identical Jazz Basses, one with a rosewood fretboard and one with a maple fretboard. Set all the tone controls the same and A/B then in the same amp.

    You will hear a difference. I have done this before, so I know the difference is real and it isn't so minute that you have to strain to hear it.

    I personally prefer a maple fretboard because I like that extra top end bite you get from that wood. David Gilmore from Pink Floyd prefers a Strat with a maple fretboard for certain songs for the same reason. You saying he is crazy?

    Now maybe some brands and models of guitar are built in such a way that the fretboard doesn't matter as much. For instance, if they use just a thin veneer of rosewood or maple on top of some less expensive wood underneath, then of course there wouldn't be an audible difference. The frets are riding on this wood and this is where the tone starts, so how could it not have an effect on a solid body guitar?
  12. wobble man

    wobble man

    Feb 15, 2013
    an orange finish is the best of all. it's resonance makes people's skulls explode. seriously, I have scientific evidence of this....
  13. Duh. Did you bother to read the whole thread title?
  14. Blah blah blah

    Don't hijack my thread.
    Feck off and join the fingerboard wood thread.
    This is all about colour and varnish. And tone. And silliness. So shut the feck up about veneer.
  15. Blah blah blah

    Don't hijack my thread.
    Feck off and join the fretboard wood thread.
    This is all about colour and varnish. And tone. And silliness. So shut the feck up about veneer.
  16. wednesdayagain


    Sep 28, 2012
    Black makes it more metal like growlz and stuffz.

    Red makes it sound hotter.

    A relic'd finish tends to give that vintage bite.

    Natural sounds more natural duh

    Gold gives the tone more sparkle, and is richer too, sort of like silver

    I have a rainbow bass that just sounds more colourful, like full of tone.

    Off-white makes the tone creamy

    If you like to muddy things up, go with brown

    Just some of my observations so far...
  17. mcblahflooper94


    Aug 31, 2011
    I heard if you draw on your bass, it'll sound more like you.
  18. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    It particularly affects my tone because I will only buy maple so rosewood wouldn't sound like anything! But everyone knows a coffee table exotic wood sounds more complex.
  19. Nobody

    Nobody Banned

    Jul 14, 2004

    I painted my bass with lead paint then "relic"ed it. I ate the paint chips in the process and now it's a better bass and I'm a better player.

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