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Posted by Quinn Lawrence on February 21, 2001 at 19:21:01:
In Reply to: Re: equipment posted by Mickster on February 15, 2001 at 12:43:44:
: : Hi, I am a trumpet player who just started playing bass. I know that equipment is
: : a factor that everybody faces at any level. I was wondering when I decide to buy
: : that special bass, what kind of woods should I check out? Also, I would like to
: : know the differences between the woods as far as sound and etc. is concerned?
: : I go to different websites and they just talk about where the woods came from
: : instead of what they'll actually do for a player. Help?
: Quinn, to start with, go to www.warmoth.com which is a guitar parts aftermarket
: manufacturer, and click on guitar and bass bodies, and within that is a wood
: description option. What I can tell you from owning more than a few different
: basses myself, and what I learned at the warmoth site, is that lighter woods
: generally have a warmer tone, and harder woods, a brighter tone. Now, there are
: exceptions to this rule, and electronics plays a big part in the sound that comes out of an amp(which also colors the sound) but this is the accepted rule
: of thumb. Most older Fender basses were made of alder, poplar, and basswood.
: There really is a wood called basswood. A lot of people liked this sound because they said it was "warm". By this it's generally understood as having a
: sound with little to moderate sustain. From the 70s on, as Fender got increasingly more competition from other(and often smaller manufacturers) the
: woods used were often heavier giving more sustain and a brighter top end(high
: notes) sometimes at the expense of the low notes. Right now, I have a Fender Jazz bass that's made from poplar. It doesn't have a lot of sustain, but, that's the sound I want. It's also fretless, and I'm also using flatwound strings, because I want it to sound as much as possible like an upright bass.
: I also have an old Ibanez Musician bass that's actually two woods sandwiched
: together(mahogany and ash) which is done sometimes to get the best of both wood worlds. They do this so that a wood that has a warm sound, but, not much sustain can get more sustain, without sounding too bright. My third bass is an
: Epiphone Jack Casady, which is a thin hollow body. The Fender sounds good, the
: Ibanez sounds great, but, nothing sounds like this hollow body bass. It has more
: sustain than the Fender, which sounds contradictory, but, as I said, there are
: exceptions to this rule. I could keep writting, but, time does not allow me right now. My taste is for lighter woods which have less sustain, because I like basses that sound more like acoustic basses, but, that's just my opinion.
: There's no right or wrong to this, just preference. Check out that Warmoth site.
: It's an education in itself. A horn player moving to bass, I like that.
: Go John Faddis!
Hey! Do you know Jon?!? That's the guy I'm tryin' to sound like!
If you see him before I do tell him I said hello! Quinn
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