Swamp Ash and Quilted Maple

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ben_P, Nov 15, 2001.

  1. Ben_P


    Oct 2, 2001
    Alberta, Canada
    I am ordering a bass and had a couple questions about woods. Why aren't there any basses with quilted maple top over swamp ash back? Would it create a bad tone? How do you think it would be appearence wise?
  2. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    That's actually not that rare.... here ya go:

    Swamp things
  3. My fretless bass is quilt top/ash back, and I've seen plenty of others like that too. Mine looks like this:

  4. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Great tone and looks!

  5. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Just to add to the perception the combination isn't a rarity, Carvin is making a replacement bass for me now with a swamp ash bottom and quilted maple top plate.

    - No, to your first question. I originally had quilted maple over alder. It was too mellow and "generic" sounding (too close to my Fender) for what I need.
    The maple/swamp ash combination should make the highs and lows harder, give them more "bite" and "pop". But I'll probably give up the smoothness and the balance across the tonal range the alder offered.

    - I think your second question is best answered by the pics above.......gorgeous! (Swamp ash is no slouch either, if it has some deep yellow tint added to it, IMO).
  6. My Dingwall is Quilted Maple over swamp ash as well. I think this combination is actually very popular.

  7. MY Elrick Jazz Bass is Ash and Quilted Maple Top, tons of sustain, I love this bass, and light too!!!!!
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Here's a pair of QM over SA basses.