1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

??Body Wood Comparison??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MatrikzDaClown, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. MatrikzDaClown


    Jul 18, 2012
    I'm looking to piece a bass together. Tired of struggling to find one that fits me from a factory when that is virtually impossible without paying close to $5,000.

    I love the sound of warwicks with the bubinga body. However, it seems to be virtually impossible to find a bubinga body anywhere. I can find necks all day long,(which is what I'm going with, with a wenge fingerboard), but I can't find a body. So, my next option is to find one that is similar in tone. I've looked at several different websites showing gauges and things comparing certain woods together. I've been leaning more towards walnut since it was gauged the same, but does anyone have experience using a walnut bodied bass? And if so, how does it sound in comparison to a bubinga body, or just how does it sound in general?
  2. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    That's why one (bubinga) made it to guitar bodies, the other (walnut) made it to furnitures
    Woods equally adopted (instruments and furnitures) are maple and "koto", an african rainy forest kinda "tek" wood.

  3. BrBss


    Jul 9, 2010
    I believe Warmoth offers bubinga for bodies.
  4. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I had a Warwick Thumb Bass Bolt-On with a wenge neck and fingerboard and a walnut body. It sounded like a Warwick.
  5. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
  6. MatrikzDaClown


    Jul 18, 2012
    Like Bobster said, warmoth doesn't offer a straight Bubinga body. But they do say in multiple places to call and that they will try to fit all needs to said player. Price is what scares me about that. I've also thought numerous times about the laminate bubinga top on the walnut body, but there are 2 things that pull me from that idea now that I've heard some replies.

    1. - Warmoth has a disclaimer on their website stating that if the builder working on your piece feels the wood is incapable of being good enough, they can pull it and you still get charged for it.
    2. - I don't know how it will look with the all wood look, with a walnut body, bubinga laminate and fretboard, and wenge fingerboard. 3 different woods with different grains and colors thrown together in pieces could look very strange. Which could be good or bad. Just not sure.

    Thanks for everyone's help. When I get this thing done, I'll post some pics and my opinions on everything.