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Is there a difference in sound between hard ash and swamp ash?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sprudellio, Jul 2, 2005.

  1. Sprudellio


    Oct 16, 2002
    I know that swamp ash weighs much less than regular hard ash, but does it sound as good?
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I can't hear a whole lot of difference.
  3. Emperor Elite

    Emperor Elite Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2004
    New Jersey
    To my ears, they sound very different. At one time, I had two identical quilted maple-topped Foderas, with only one difference: one had a northern ash core and the other had a swamp ash core. The first weighted two and a half pounds more than the second. Both basses had ebony fingerboards and were fitted with JJ pickups in the 1960s location. The difference in tone was pronounced. The Northern (hard) ash bass had a fuller, deeper low-end, was very even-sounding through the mids, and had a BRIGHT, clear, but hard-sounding high-end. The swamp ash bass was punchier, but it had a leaner, tighter-low end, decidedly scooped mids, a pronounced nasal growl, and a clear, crisp, and sweet singing high-end. YMMV, of course.


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