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Body wood for 32" bass

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by MPU, May 28, 2005.

  1. MPU


    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    I'm planning to build a 32" 4-string bass with maple neck/rosewood fretboard. It's most likely going to be bolt- on or set-neck. I've yet to decide the body wood. It's going to have 1/4 " flame maple top, but for the rest of the body I'm between mahogany, alder and ash.
    So, what would you use if you were about to make similar bass? I assume each of those woods would make a nice bass, that's why it's so difficult to choose.
  2. tjclem

    tjclem Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Whatever turns you on. I guess I would go with Mahogany just toge tthe color contrast. Unless you were going to put some dark veneer strips between the top and body wood then you could go any direction...t
  3. Cerb


    Sep 27, 2004
    With a maple top, mahogany looks better than almost anything, in my opinion. I wish I would have realised that before starting my own project. The next will definately be maple on mahogany.

    Just to give you an idea (AV Basses):


  4. Basschair

    Basschair .............. Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca

  5. Cerb


    Sep 27, 2004
    That's what I said :). I really like that there are no pickups to cover that beautiful top. I'm guessing it's all piezo.
  6. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    I'm speccing out a 32" 5 string at the moment, and I think I'm going to go for an ash body.

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