Post Number: 3759
|Posted on Monday, December 09, 2013 - 11:42 am: |
I have an all maple bodied Europa with sig electronics and 3 purpleheart lams in the neck. The view I have got from the forum, rightly or wrongly, is that maple is inherently bright in sound and less bassy than other woods used in alembics.
However this bass has become my first call bass for reggae because the bottom end is so clear and powerfully punchy in a way that my other basses don't feel. Even with the filter closed on the neck pickup and no Q, the sound still has a touch of mid range which keeps the note articulation. But it sounds superbly massive at the bottom end. I only use the bridge to give me a different tone character for different tracks but it's never a major part of my reggae sound.
For example I did a reggae gig last night at a benefit concert at a music college in the city. There were about 4 reggae bands on that session and I got so many positive comments from musicians and the sound crew about both my playing, which is always good to hear, and also raving about the the sound of my bass.
For my rig I used my F1-x and gave the sound guys the DI out from the front panel and put the full range out into the return socket of the bass amp which was an Ashdown combo. That didn't sound that good on stage but the FOH was coming back very meaty.
Is there something more to maple than meets the ear.
On the other side of the scale when I've played it on gigs and used the bright side of the spectrum it is exceptionally crisp and it gives the filters a lot of scope in sound shaping.
Post Number: 210
|Posted on Monday, December 09, 2013 - 12:05 pm: |
IMO - maple rules.
I've noticed no lack of low end from my mostly maple basses.
Plus, I think the articulate tone that you are hearing that cuts through the mix is due to the influence of the maple.
Your 3 purple heart neck lams are pretty formidable as well. My Spyder has the same configuration (plus a walnut core) and it is pretty meaty in the low end dept.
All of this is good to hear because my bird's eye maple / purple heart Europa 5-string is due to be ready to ship any day now.
Post Number: 11262
|Posted on Monday, December 09, 2013 - 4:12 pm: |
Jazzyvee; two things from your second paragraph speak to Maple - clear and punchy.
Post Number: 3761
|Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 1:28 am: |
I guess so Dave but I thought the maple punch was in the mid and upper range than the bottom end which is how I've understood it's application for cutting through the wall of guitar sound in some rock type bands.
I guess that's why I'm surprised, pleasantly, at how well it works in a reggae band.
Definitely a wolf in wolf's clothing.
Post Number: 277
|Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 8:24 am: |
Given that the onstage sound was only so-so, I'd say you had the all too rare experience of an FOH guy who knew how to EQ and mix bass properly. He was probably really happy to have a great player, a great bass, and a great preamp(or at least a bit of one) coming out of his XLR.
Post Number: 8074
|Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 3:43 pm: |
You're also using it with the filter turned down, right? That will make only super clear bass shine through!
Also, what strings are you using?
Post Number: 3762
|Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 11:18 pm: |
Yes Mica the filter is closed all the way down. My other alembics have equally masses of bottom end it's just the maple has it plus a punch that the others don't seem to posses unless I open the filter slightly to allow some of the lower mids to come through.
I'm just surprised I suppose that a bright wood like maple sounds this heavy on the bottom.
Strings are D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings 45 -130.
ps: Mica did you manage to make any headway on that mod we talked about on the phone a few weeks back? There is no urgency at all but would be cool if there is anything to report. Can you drop me an email. please, cheers