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The Church of Dan Atkinson / The Wood Doesn't Matter Club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by knucklehead G, Feb 22, 2011.

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  1. Before you argue, see post #70 for a message from the mods.

    Sign up here if you believed already, or were swayed by Dan's three experiments, that the wood doesn't make the tone.

    Dan's proven only 14% of people can tell ash from alder, and 13.8% can tell alder from a chunk of scrap wood with pickups taped on.

    Show your respects (and your scrap / junk / non-fancywood basses) here, and receive numbers for your tribute!
  2. honeyiscool


    Jan 28, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    What if I think wood matters, but that at the end of the day, ultimately bass is an ensemble instrument where minor differences in tone really don't result in much noticeable difference?
  3. Then you get to argue in both threads for all eternity, I guess. I dunno. I'm not putting restrictions on this. You 14% that could pick the right answers without guessing can go join the Wood Matters club or something.
  4. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Saying that wood doesn't matter, at all, I think is incorrect, especially with the low population sample given. I do think personally that other factors have a bigger influence on tone, but I still think that wood has some effect on it, however small that might be.
  5. seungkoo

    seungkoo Banned

    Nov 20, 2003
    13% were right so Dan is wrong. The other 87% just don't have the trained ear. it does matter because if it didn't those 13% wouldve been wrong too

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  6. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    only 11 % of people can tell Bobby McFerrin from a real keyboard.
    Chips don't matter.
  7. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    He never said that wood didn't matter, in fact, he said otherwise.

    What he did say, I completely agree with, and the experiment thread was a fun read. :)
  8. 13% is also including guessing. I got the alder vs scrap wood correct by guessing.

    I'm not trying to carry the fight over here. Some people seemed interested in a club, so I made one.
  9. seungkoo

    seungkoo Banned

    Nov 20, 2003
    I just think there is alot of nut huggers on this forum. Who cares what matters. Everything is personal preference. If you don't care about woods go play a washtub bass and be happy.
    I just don't get the same people who flame fender decal users love dans basses when he himself sold replicas for customers with those same decals.

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  10. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    Heck, I'll take a number.
  11. MrGotBass


    Jul 28, 2009
    Thats quite unscientific. We're all bassists here, we listen to this kind of stuff every day. If anyone should know, its us. If it was 30 to 40%, then what you said may be applicable, but 13%? Based on the numbers, those are just as likely to be lucky guesses.

    What Dan has said is 100% correct: While wood may contribute to tone, its impact is minimal compared to strings, pick-ups, and technique.
  12. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Sounds like there's a need for an "If a professional luthier does it, it's cool, but if YOU do it it isn't" club :D
  13. Antny


    Jan 30, 2011
    New York
    I've built a few basses from scratch, so I already knew that the species of the wood had minimal, if any impact to the tone of a particular bass. Dan's experiment just reinforced my experiences, and was enjoyable to read about.
  14. UncleFluffy


    Mar 8, 2009
    Head Tinkerer, The Flufflab
    is there a "wood matters, but only a little bit" club?
  15. ulynch

    ulynch Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2010
    Nor Cal
    Is there a "Wood Matters - But Not in METAL! Club"? I'd join that one.
  16. So from this I can assume that only 14% of TBers actually play basses more than 5 feet away from laptop speakers, in a mix with other instruments?

    Frankly, if you don't play live with other musicians or at any decent volume, it doesn't matter what the wood is......or the brand.....or the cost. You'll find some close comparisons between balsa, cheese and coal.

    Take the same instrument into a rehearsal space, playing with a drummer and a guitarist at higher than bedroom volume and run this test again. If alder doesn't have a discernible dip in volume below the 5th fret of the E string and ash doesn't have a similar dip at around the 5th fret of the A, it means I have an odd sense of hearing. Which is possible. I'm cool with that :D
  17. ghostjs


    Aug 14, 2008
    Unofficially Endorsing: D'Addario, Lakland
    i'll take a number too
  18. #1 knucklehead G
    #2 AltGrendel
    #3 ghostjs
  19. Apt403


    Aug 12, 2008
    Redding California
    I'm down for some numericals.

    I've been inspired. Got some old hardware and a Yamaha neck lying around, and there's plenty of firewood around here...
  20. prd004


    Dec 3, 2010
    We have around thirty some members in the Wood Matters Club, you guys have three!!!!!!!!!!

    Just sayin' :D

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