basswood vs. poplar

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fretter, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. Basswood

  2. Poplar

  3. Plywood

  4. Particle board

  5. Carrots

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  1. Nice! Whatcha building?

    I just completed a basswood bass (Ha!). And I’m not happy how soft it is with a thin nitro finish. It is definitely thin but it sucked up A Lot of Shoreline Gold lacquer. Poly paint probably would have been better for durability because you look at it wrong and “SheeshamofoDamit”....A new ding! It was frustrating to paint. I kept finding new little dings. I felt like I was in a race to finish! I have to fix the back strap button because it’s stripping...

    I’ve read that very light woods and good electronics are a good recipe. Maybe doesn’t color the electronics? She cuts through the mix nicely and with authority. So that’s kinda cool, but really not a good practical instrument wood for a working player IMHO.


    Just picked up a very nice poplar p body. Very slight green, purple or black and the builder nailed the grain pattern. Before I found it I planned on a solid black because of the poplar colorings but am considering butterscotch now.


    I’m a big fan of string-thru bridges to improve a bass. Any bass. I’ve modified a few of my basses. A particular 2 were a 93’ EB MM Stingray (Ash not swamp ash) and a 2000 something Indonesian Basswood Squire P. All were equally dramatic upgrades. I mean completely different instruments (all of them). To my ears everything about the tone, sustain and volume were just waaaay better and louder! To my ears, better than a pick up upgrade. Kinda like having an amp with a lot headroom vs and under powered one. Just sounds better! Makes sense right. A more intimate sonic transfer of the strings thru the wood. My favorite string-thru furells are the Fender Japan 51 P Bass style. Looking for a modern version of them for this new bass build if anyone knows of a source, I would appreciate a contact. Thanks

    All the best with your build,
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2018
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  2. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    I'm not building anything.
    I just would choose Rainbow poplar over basswood.
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