Shopping for Bass.. Sonic Gray or Roasted Swamp Ash

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by jannodude, Jan 21, 2020.

Which color?!

  1. Sonic Gray

    18 vote(s)
    58.1%
  2. Roasted Ash

    13 vote(s)
    41.9%
  1. jannodude

    jannodude Tele-Afflicted

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    Hello,

    I’m shopping for a bass and narrowed my two options. Which one would y’all prefer? Please vote!

    Thanks in advance.
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  2. brookdalebill

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    The roasted ash is way more groovy, IMO.
     
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    Yep, like that ash. Be even better if it was a p-bass... :)
     
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    Instantly thought I'd hate the grey. Then I looked. I like the grey better.
     
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    Whichever one plays better
     
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    If it's not obvious to you, then neither. Keep looking.
     
  7. Bassman8

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    Does overall weight matter? That can be a factor for me but otherwise It's the Ash/Maple by a long shot as long as the one you get has a nice consistent grain pattern, like the one shown. Part of the choice for the Ash is I'm not a fan of Sonic Gray. But that's just me.

    Happy hunting.
     
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    Here’s the grain to the exact guitar I’ve played:
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  9. Mike SS

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    Wood grain over paint any day. The ash looks amazing.
     
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    I agree the wood grain looks great on its own, however if it were me (it is not), I don't like how the color of the wood body doesn't match the maple neck. The contrast just makes the whole thing look off
     
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    I like a nice piece of ash. (Also better as P-Bass, but I respect your preference).
     
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    The grain is nice looking but any time I see a guitar that color it makes me think of the 70’s and I don’t like it. I’d take the gray one out of the two.
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    Yep, that's the kind of grain I was talking about. Very nice. It's just the black pickguard making it look like the 70's IMO.
     
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    That could be it now that you mention it.

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  15. Dave W

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    Sonic gray for the win.
     
  16. RodeoTex

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    You couldn't go wrong with either.
    I like the fact that the Ash looks kinda 70s, although the Sonic Gray is quite fetching.

    Is getting both really out of the question?
     
  17. Bassman8

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    I just noticed the lack of a heavy gloss coat on the ash which puts it further ahead in my book. A parchment pickguard would look great on either one. Both basses look great.
     
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    Getting both would definitely be out of the question. Each Jazz bass costs $1549 each.. and used would be around $950-$1200 each.
     
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    Dings and scratches would be an easy fix on the ash. Chips out of the sonic gray will be hard to hide, or repair. Matching color, and filling a hole is no easy feat. A dab of wood filler, and a touch of stain would bring the ash body back.
     
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    I've never been much drawn to painted instruments, tobacco bursts are as far as I go. However ... I saw an ad for a sonic grey/maple tele, white guard and a sonic grey/maple, white guard jazz bass on the same page and was surprised/knocked out. Great combo for me!
     
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