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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sprudellio, Jul 2, 2005.
I know that swamp ash weighs much less than regular hard ash, but does it sound as good?
I can't hear a whole lot of difference.
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.