#1
Would that sound good? anyone own a bass made of all maple? I could use some opinions about it.
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#2
i don't think maple is a tone wood compared to others
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#4
^ lern 2 tonewood

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#5
I once tried a bass made of maple, didn't sound too good compared to alder.
#6
well, what would be some better tone woods for bass. I'm sort of more of a guitarist looking for a cheap bass that sounds good.
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#7
I have an all maple P bass clone. My comments on it:

Its heavy--it weights in at about 13 lbs/ 6 kilos

Soundwise, its very bright and punchy. Its not a warm sound per se, but definitely clear, bright and tonally distinct lows and almost brash highs.

Despite this bass being a 1990 starter bass, I really love it and its been my modding project for about a year. With new Quarter pounders, its quite loud and great for punk / alternative.
#9
Rickenbackers are also all maple which is one of the reasons for their distinct tone. The Gibson Grabber was also made of all maple. Those might give you some idea about how it would sound but neither one has jazz pickups in it so it won't be exact.
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I have an all maple P bass clone. My comments on it:

Its heavy--it weights in at about 13 lbs/ 6 kilos

Soundwise, its very bright and punchy. Its not a warm sound per se, but definitely clear, bright and tonally distinct lows and almost brash highs.

Despite this bass being a 1990 starter bass, I really love it and its been my modding project for about a year. With new Quarter pounders, its quite loud and great for punk / alternative.


thats awesome cuz I play punk, alternative and grunge.
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#11
My Warwick has a maple body - I have some sound clips on my profile if you're curious.
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My Warwick has a maple body - I have some sound clips on my profile if you're curious.


cool man, i'll listen to them. thanks for the help everyone.
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I think this whole maple/brightness thing is quite overrated. There's a world of difference between brightness and clarity, and maple is a clear wood, but isn't that much brighter than any of my ash instruments. I EQ my maple bass like I do my ash ones - it's just a clearer, 'harder' tonewood.
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I think this whole maple/brightness thing is quite overrated. There's a world of difference between brightness and clarity, and maple is a clear wood, but isn't that much brighter than any of my ash instruments. I EQ my maple bass like I do my ash ones - it's just a clearer, 'harder' tonewood.



No offence fitzy, but if those soundclips are accurate representations of the sound of that Warwick I think ill just stay home on this one. I'd almost have to describe that tone as overly harsh.
All to their own though methinks.
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My A6 is maple. It really is quite bright in all honesty, even with shagged strings!
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My Musicman is mostly maple, if not all, and the tone is awesome.
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#19
I believe rickenbackers are all maple.

Some Pedullas are too.

Thing is, there's more than one type of maple wood, some are brighter than others, some are good for bodys. Depends on the species.
#21
i'm almost certain the threadstarter is talking about the squier vintage modified jazz bass. and when i played it i was very pleased with the sound, it was bright but not to the point where it's harsh and the weight felt about right, slightly heavier than a standard alder jazz bass
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