maple or ash

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by mike phillips, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. lookin to get into buildin my first bass. it will be a p bass. i play mostly metal. i have two choices of woods for the body and they are maple or ash. which one? what is the difference in tone if any? thanks in advance, mike
  2. Rodent

    Rodent Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Regenerate Guitar Works
    for a P bass to play metal? Alder would be my choice #1 followed by Ash at a significant distance.

    Maple is way to bright if you're looking for that classic P-bass tone

    IMO of course ...

    all the best,

  3. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    I second the above (alder or ash). Maple, aside from being to bright, would be a bit heavy. Drop in a set of SD Quarter-Pound pups, and maybe an Aguilar 2-band preamp.
  4. i play all kinds of stuff. sabbath, dio, zz top, skynyrd, country, blues thats why i figured p bass. ive only been playin less than a year. so any and all advice is appreciated. i am lookin at emg pick ups. good choice?
  5. bill h

    bill h

    Aug 31, 2002
    small town MN
    Alder if you are going to paint it, Ash if you will see the wood grain.
  6. thanks for that advice. how does that make a difference? yes, it will be painted. any books or sites i can get information on bass buildin? tips like these are awsome. yall are fantastic people.
  7. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    how does what make a difference, painting? well typically, alder has a very boring grain, so most people paint it a solid color. ash on the other hand a a nice grain, and should be shown off, so it's usually painted only with clear coat or a transparent color.

    As for sites and books, check the FAQ sticky at the top of this forum. There's a crapload of links and whatnot to other threads overflowing with info.
  8. bill h

    bill h

    Aug 31, 2002
    small town MN
    To pain ash is like eating a steak with castup....
  9. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    I don't know where you guys are from, but up in New England it seems like most of the common, inexpensive millwork and flooring you see is ash or oak (looks looks like ash to me unless it's quartered). Also baseball bats. Northern white oak is $3-4/bf for FAS.

    In summary, you have my blessing if you want to paint over ash.

  10. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    I thought baseball bats were hickory.
  11. Hookus


    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I thought ash and hickory were closely related.