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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fleabass89, Mar 31, 2001.
Just wondering why you like a certain wood. Looks? Sound? Weight?
Maple is my first choice, just sounds right to me. Bright, clear and has great lows too.
2nd and 3rd would be solid alder and swamp ash with an exotic top, they both have a little mellower sound to them, and are lighter than maple.
Most of my basses are ash or swamp ash, but I like alder just as much.
2 alder, 1 maple, 1 mahogany, I guess I really don't have a favorite.
• Semi-unique (in the U.S. of A anyways)
• Deep, golden-honey color (with a good oil finish)
• Between Alder and Maple for density ∴ tone
• BIG. One-piece tops (none o' that bookmatch stuff )
Big enough fer a double?...hope so!
( closeup )
My favorite wood is swamp ash. light weight, deep low, lots of high.
Alder has got to be the most common bass body wood....it's also my favourite...why not in the poll? what is padauk?
This is Padauk, Andy.
For slapping, my favorite is probably Swamp Ash. For fretless or composite necks, Maple.
Depends on the tone I want. My MTDs are poplar bodied. These have a mellow, trad-type of tone.
If I want buttloads of mids, I prefer walnut or bubinga (my Cirrus is walnut/bubinga). For slap, nothing beats (for me) ash with maple/maple necks.
A little bit of air and a formica top works quite well, too. see below.....
Good to see you here Ted.
I prefer the man-made luthite of the Ibanez EDB basses. It is light, durable, and the sound is very full. Otherwise, I like Mahogany
I voted for Ash because I have two basses made from Swamp Ash with Maple tops. Sadowsky and Anniversary Stingray.
Neither are too heavy, and have the best and sound out of all the basses I have ever owned.
What is the difference between Ash and Swamp Ash?
the difference between Swamp Ash and conventional ash is density- lightweight swamp ash is more resonant and has a snappier, almost "acoustic" sound, whereas heavy ash resonates less and has more sustain.
swamp ash dents more easily than heavy ash. (not a factor to consider for most people though...)
Thanks for the info.
Alder. not too heavy, good sustain, lows and mids, brighter than mahogany. with an all maple neck thats the ticket.
Mahogany. Chocolatey-dark sounding. Very easy on the back. Some like it capped with thin slices of decorative woods. Me, I don't want the extra glue.
I voted "other", just to point at some - other:
Not very often used, but definately underestimated!
What - no alder? What kind of poll is this?
Ovankol for body and neck, wenge for finger board. You'd never guess I have have a warwick would you
You're right, old blue, alder is pretty amazing stuff, and it shows nice, clear differences between rosewood slab, rosewood veneer, and maple fretboards. OK, that's my bolt-on favorite and mahogany is my through-neck favorite.