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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tjclem, Apr 4, 2005.
This has been done hasn't it? Thanks .T
I did it on my violin bass, but I cheated and glued in a center section of hard maple.
There has also been a thread or two on that here at TB.
Fodera and MTD basses have been using them for a while now. People seem to like them.
I love it. ..
Ken Smith does not
Yea mike I got that impression
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.
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
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!
Here is my latest with an Ash/Panga Panga neck!
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.
Very sweet. Bubinga in the body? Ash veneer or Maple?
It is all Walnut body(Bubinga top) with Maple accent veneers.
Be-u-tee-full! Let's see the front.
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?
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
Interesting. Was Mike the first to utilize ash in this application ?
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
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.