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Bodies and Veneer

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by bcarll, Apr 6, 2002.

  1. bcarll


    Oct 16, 2001
    After all this talk about bodies and the woods that either look great or sound great - is there anything wrong with like using a good sounding wood for your bass and veneering the top with an exotic wood? When I say veneer I mean like 1/32 material. I would think you could then use some beautiful inlays and achieve the beauty we all want and not hurt the tone. Would that thin of a veneer hurt the quality of the sound? Glue also might enter into the equation also huh?

  2. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia In Memoriam

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    Lakland is doing that with their imports- i would guess the effect on tone would be minimal-
  3. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Veneer is so thin that it's easy to sand through. Even a little dent or scratch could go through the veneer.

    I think that few builders think twice about hurting tone with a 1/4" laminate of almost any wood.
  4. dhuffguitars

    dhuffguitars Luthier/Bass Wanker depending on your opinion

    Sep 18, 2001
    I wouldn't worry too much about coloring the tone if you use a veneer in the 1/16"-1/8" range.
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