Which is more versitile: Ash, alder, maple, rosewood

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by B String, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. I think the most versitile would be Ash/Rosewood, but Ash/Morado is a very nice combination as well and one that I actually prefer the most.

    As far as there being minimal differences between wood combinations, I would have to disagree. For the most part, every Ash/Maple bass that I've played had a bright tone to it except for one. I can see the argument that the pickups and electronics have a bigger effect on the tone of a bass, but in reality, the electronics just add to the tonal flexibility of the bass...they still don't change the tonal characteristics though, especially in passive mode.
  2. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    I don't know that it effects versatility but I prefer Ash/Maple for the brightness of it. But Ash/Rosewood is nice too.
  3. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I think you may have hit it, at least for me. Now I just
    have to find an example of that combo. Lakland and Fender
    are the only good jazz type 5's I can think of with the
    ash/rosewood or morado or pao fero. I'll have to do some
    detective work.
  4. Sadowsky (NYC) is another option as far as the Ash/Morado option goes. To my ears, it's the compromise of Maple and Rosewood which seems to really work well with Ash.
  5. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I knew sombody was going to mention that. The NYC's may
    be a bit rich for my blood. I guess I could sell my daughter,
    and the dog. Might piss off the wife though. Actually, i'm
    looking more for a working bass, so I don't have to take my
    Tyler to "dangerous" gigs. If they made that combo in a
    Metro, i'd be all over it.
  6. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    Laugh out frigging loud :D
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