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Chambered body

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by los100malditos, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Question. Does the chambered body of some electric basses really make any difference in the sound??? In example - spectorcore basses- ... what about an electric acoustic bass which use a piezo pickup? like godin, or any electric acoustic bass !!!
  2. zfunkman


    Dec 18, 2012
    I'm not totally sure but I read that the chambered bodies are made to make the bass lighter and still keep the sound.
  3. Art Araya

    Art Araya

    May 29, 2006
    Palm Coast, FL
    I had my Modulus Q5 body chambered to lighten the weight. The tone of the bass did change somewhat. I can't describe the change to you - it was nearly 15 years ago. It still sounds great but definitely different.
  4. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    chambered bodies help to lighten the load. I don't hear any difference in my chambered bodied basses and my solid body basses. If there IS any tonal difference it's for the better, as far as mine go.
  5. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Perhaps someone who has experience with otherwise identical solid-bodied and chambered Sadowsky basses will see this thread and chime in; for all I know, Mr. Sadowsky may have commented on this topic somewhere like Youtube.
  6. Toptube

    Toptube Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    this is not at all a slight towards Sadowsky, but rather matter of fact reporting:

    In his videos he basically says: I chamber my bodies to hit my ideal target weight. People also say they sound better.

    Its possible I may have missed a video somewhere in which he elaborates.
  7. Chambering can have as much or as little impact on the sound depending on the location of the chambers and size.
  8. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Note to all - this thread was originally posted in the DB forums, and I did an incomplete job of cleaning it when I moved it. My bad. I have now cleaned up all off topic material, so we can move forward with the discussion of chambered bass guitar bodies. :)
  9. 4to5to6

    4to5to6 Bassist Supporting Member

    Generally chambering reduces the mids slightly which is not always a good thing. The trade off is the increased resonance and the lite weight of course. You`ll need a piezo bridge to really take full advantage of that extra chambering resonance. Check out Michael Tobias` Marilyn series of basses for a great example.