Basswood for blocks?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Don Harris, May 19, 2007.


  1. I know of a Canadian maker who has used basswood for blocks on a bass but read elsewhere that it is discouraged. Any thoughts?
     
  2. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    New Mexico. USA
    Lightweight, relatively strong, very stable and easy to work. Where's the problem?
     
  3. Easy to get at Woodcraft. Perfect. Thanks.
     
  4. I dont know its a pretty damn soft wood, durability might be a little bit of a problem.
     
  5. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    New Mexico. USA
    Blocks are usually made of spruce, willow or poplar. Are those much harder? Have you made many basses?
     
  6. Matthew Tucker

    Matthew Tucker Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Owner: Bresque Basses, Sydney Basses and Cellos
    Mine are cedar. They seem fine.
     

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