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Tilia vs. Ash bodies on L2500..opinions?

Discussion in 'G&L Bass Forum' started by funkythumb, Sep 23, 2008.


  1. funkythumb

    funkythumb Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2005
    Atlanta
    Hey all,
    I recently picked up a great L2500, maple board and American Tilia wood body. I've always liked the sound of the Tilia for G&L's.
    I'm curious to know what the tonal differences are in L2500's with ash vs tilia bodies?
    I've got ash/rosewood basses at home and dig the sound though they're all different bass brands.
    I'm thinking of picking up another used L2500 with a rosewood board and am trying to decide whether to wait for one with tilia or ash body.
    Weigh in everybody, thanks. :)
     
  2. lug

    lug

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Tilia is the same thing as Basswood so it should be closer to Alder than Ash in sound. I believe the L2500's that are tilia have an Ash top if I remember correctly, so depending on how thick that is, it could make a difference as well.
     
  3. funkythumb

    funkythumb Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2005
    Atlanta
    ok, so closer to alder...that's a good tone indicator. Man oh man, and the bass is still so powerful.
    Have you tried the ash?
     
  4. lug

    lug

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    I have an Ash L2000. I have a few basswood basses but not G&Ls. In general, Ash should be a bit brighter, Alder/basswood a bit more rounded/balanced if all other things are equal. For me, the tonal range of the G&L pups more than covers any range you could want, regardless of body wood choice.
     
  5. 1954bassman

    1954bassman

    Jun 7, 2004
    Hickory, NC
    I have a Tilia L2500 with a maple top - fretted. It sounds fantastic, and will jar your innards.

    My other L2500 is ash - frettless, with flats. Completely different, I realize, but I prefer this bass's overall sound to the Tilia L2500. I know the flats, and ebony board play a big part; but the ash body just has more booty (to me).

    Mark
     

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