What is the purpose of an Ash two piece body

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Apr 6, 2004.


    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    I have been noticing more and more two piece ash body for basses, why can they just use one piece of ash to make a whole body?.Thanks
  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    smaller peices are cheaper and more readily avail I'd assume.
  3. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Because finding a piece that's big enough without blemishes is hard, it translates into higher cost (have to reject more wood to find a good piece).

    Cheaper to glue two smaller pieces together and use the really ugly pieces for basses that will have opaque finishes.

    In the 70s many Fenders had 3 piece bodies.
  4. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Heh....my 76 fretless P Bass is a five piece body. And, it got a natural finish.

    Sounds great, though. :bassist:
  5. Single pieces of large flatsawn wood can and often do experience warp problems across the width.

    When a clear finish is to be used the 2 pieces are matched in what is called a "best match" method
  6. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    In addition to others' fine comments here - Are we talking about the same types of ash being used in a single instrument??? e.g., swamp ash, Northern ash, or (insert specie type here) ash.

    Fr'instance, an Asian mass produced factory guitar should be checked for weight, and openness of grain if the finish allows. Ash used at the big Asian factories, like Samick, has a higher ratio of poor pieces than with smaller boutique builders, or other US builders, probably because it is a US wood...(as in "more expense").
  7. MyDogBo


    Aug 25, 2002
    what hambone said :)

    many builders use a two-piece approach :D :D

    my tom anderson, suhr strat, sadowsky MM, somebody stop me.... are all two-piece bodies and these are some mighty fine geeetars!
    :hyper: :hyper:

    Extree pieces doesn't necessarily mean bad or cheap quality ..
  8. lyle

    lyle Guest

    Jan 10, 2004
    Vernon, B.C. Canada
    uses 2 pices of ash or walnut becuase (dont know whats diferent about them) one is for the higher strings, and one for the lower. lower notes sound better on heaveir peice or something. i have no clue whats the difernce between the high and the low but thats what i heard

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Very interesting, thanks guys.
  10. Ericman197


    Feb 23, 2004
    My next bass will probably be built out of one peice of ash, if possible. However, my current one is made from two peices and sounds pretty nice.