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"Carved" basses

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by matt macgown, Jun 24, 2004.

  1. matt macgown

    matt macgown Guest

    Dec 1, 2003
    Chattanooga, TN
    This is probably a dumb question, but it's my question:
    Did any bass (etc.) maker ever actually carve the ribs, or have they always been steamed and bent?

  2. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    I hope not. To get them strong and stable enough [It'd be almost all short grain] theyed have to be very thick, which would make the bass very heavy and mess with the sound. On a smaller instrument like a guitar or ABG [I know a builder that does this] it works, but just the idea of all that tension gives me the shivers.
  3. Plus the huge percentage of waste generated by carving instead of bending. You could probably resaw the wood required to carve one rib into enough thin straight rib stock (for bending) to make a dozen or more bent ribs. At the outlanding price of tone wood today, that become a very significant item.
  4. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Please - don't remind me. :scowl: