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Hard Ash as a neck wood?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tjclem, Apr 4, 2005.


  1. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    This has been done hasn't it? Thanks .T
     
  2. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    I did it on my violin bass, but I cheated and glued in a center section of hard maple.
     
  3. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Has been.
    There has also been a thread or two on that here at TB.
     
  4. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
  5. Fodera and MTD basses have been using them for a while now. People seem to like them.
     
  6. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    I love it. ..


    Ken Smith does not
     
  7. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Yea mike I got that impression :p
     
  8. I'll finish my 5-string Ash-necked EUB, and be in a position to say something on this. I do have the neck itself nearly done, & I really like the feel of the open, coarse grain. Someone else(Mr. Dimin, maybe?)said this- feels somewhat like wenge.
     
  9. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    I think that if you like the feel of open grained woods like Wenge, then you will like the feel of ash. If, however, you need the really smooth feel of maple, then ash is not your cup of tea

    Mike
     
  10. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    I'm getting near the completion of a five string with the same ash/maple combo as my violin bass. This time though I used a satin polyurethane finish on the neck. It feels really nice. I like it!
     
  11. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    Here is my latest with an Ash/Panga Panga neck!
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  12. That is awesome looking! I especially like the circles and I think that the grain of the ash adds some fine character over what maple does visually.
     
  13. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Very sweet. Bubinga in the body? Ash veneer or Maple?
     
  14. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    Thanks guys!!

    It is all Walnut body(Bubinga top) with Maple accent veneers.
     
  15. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Be-u-tee-full! Let's see the front.
     
  16. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    I have played a friends Fodera with an Ash neck. It certainly felt different to me considering I generally prefer the feel of tight grained woods. I am just curious why these folks decided to use Ash for necks. I wonder if there are any long-term stability issues with this material ? anybody?
     
  17. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    Ash is more responsive then maple. The sound tends to jump off the bass much more so than with maple. As for stability, Mike Tobias has had absolutely no issues with stability. My ash neck bass is so touch responsive it took a while to learn how to tame it. Now that I figured it out, I don't think I would get a new bass without the ash neck

    Mike
     
  18. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    Interesting. Was Mike the first to utilize ash in this application ?
     
  19. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"

    I don't know. I know that Fodera and MTD started about the same time. There might have been some smaller luthiers experimenting before hand. It is an interesting question

    Mike
     
  20. I was talking to Sheldon a couple of years back about a bass that never materialized but I remember him suggesting an ash neck.

    I'm now considering using some ash in a neck I build.... I'd really like to try it. I love the feel of wenge, so maybe a wenge/ash neck would work out nicely.