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Best Material

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mud Flaps, Feb 8, 2003.


  1. Alder

    4 vote(s)
    22.2%
  2. Mahogany

    2 vote(s)
    11.1%
  3. Maple

    3 vote(s)
    16.7%
  4. Zebrawood

    1 vote(s)
    5.6%
  5. Basswood

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Rosewood

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Cherry

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Ash

    2 vote(s)
    11.1%
  9. Walnut

    2 vote(s)
    11.1%
  10. Aluminum

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. Ebony

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. Bubinga

    1 vote(s)
    5.6%
  13. That cool wood that starts with a C

    1 vote(s)
    5.6%
  14. Other

    2 vote(s)
    11.1%
  1. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    I want your opinions on the best material for a bass. Keep in mind that different materials are used for different purposes, so there is no yes or no answer, this is only a poll. Vote or die!!!
     
  2. i voted walnut, but i was torn between that and bubinga.
    even if i didn't like bubinga (which i do, of course) i'd still love it for it's cooool name.
     
  3. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    I think you kicked yourself in the butt by saying that each wood serves its own purpose, because that's the reality of it, and so there is no best wood. Different sounds for different folks, but if it's that important, I probably like alder best for a body wood.

    And I think the c-wood you mentioned is cocobolo, right?
     
  4. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Where's graphite?

    Not my fav. I would have to say ash, but mahogany, walnut, and maple also rock.

    Peace
    Nick
     
  5. Isn't it Carrot-wood?
     
  6. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    Thanks everyone.

    I forgot GRAPHITE

    The "cool wood that starts with a C" is COCOBOLA

    keep voting!
     
  7. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    If you misspell it, it is. Otherwise, it's cocobolo ;)
     
  8. amper

    amper

    Dec 4, 2002
    US
    My favorite is quartersawn Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga) reclaimed from old timber framed buildings or the bottoms of lakes.

    Of course, I still have a soft spot for anything in the Dalbergia (Rosewood) and Diospyros (Ebony) families. Oh, and Paulownia, too (the traditional wood for the koto).

    Keep your plastics away from me. Mother Nature knows best.
     
  9. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan

    Feb 1, 2003
    New York
    what about purple heart? what a breathtaking wood.

    anyone know what is done to the woods to get those wonderful 'flamed' and 'figured' tops?
     
  10. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    I think both spellings work.

    Peace
    Nick
     
  11. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Those figured tops are actually diseased or disfgured woods that grew improperly.

    Peace
    Nick
     
  12. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan

    Feb 1, 2003
    New York
    if those woods are diseased or grow oddly, i'm guessing that makes them harder to find? more expensive? or even harder to work with? or are they very common and cheap to get?

    thanks...
     
  13. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    I believe that makes them, harder to find, more expensive, and harder to work with (especially burls).

    Peace
    Nick
     
  14. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Die?:rolleyes:

    I cast a vote of no-confidence.