Lately I've been photoshopping up some bass design ideas for a) sh*tz n' giggles and b) to keep a portfolio of ideas for the off-chance that I ever get off my lazy ass and actually try my hand at building a bass or two. Anyways, I was looking around for image samples to use as a base texture ("bass" texture?)for the mock-ups and in my journeys I came across some sample images of yew wood.
I was struck by its nice, long tight grain which seemed like it would flow beautifully with a well contoured body shape as well as the intermittent burling and occasional, compact knotting that added some neat aesthetic attributes. The wood seems to have a lot of nice visual character and its nice light tone with subtle red coloring is fairly unique looking and appealing (at least to my eyes) as well.
So of course I'm wondering how it would actually work
as a choice for bodies or at least as a top wood. I haven't heard of anyone using it before but I imagine some folks have tried it or at least experimented with it. I did find this thread
that had a lot of nice information and opinions/theories about hardness or how it would be to work with but no first hand practical knowledge or impressions of actual examples/results or how it would work as a tonewood. Anyone here actually try it? If so what are your impressions? What are its tonal characteristics? Bright? Dark? Would you use it again? There seems to be conflicting impressions of how soft the wood is. Anybody have a definitive take on that?
Mostly just curious so nobody need go out of their way to research it, (my google-fu is decent,) just looking to see if it has been used in that capacity before and, if so, what some first-hand impressions might be.