"Core" wood

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by HaMMerHeD, Nov 17, 2013.

Neck and body core wood?

Poll closed Nov 27, 2013.
  1. Bloodwood

    1 vote(s)
  2. Bubinga

    4 vote(s)
  3. Honduran mahogany

    2 vote(s)
  4. Padauk

    3 vote(s)
  5. Purpleheart

    0 vote(s)
  6. Sapele

    2 vote(s)
  7. Other...(please specify)

    6 vote(s)
  1. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    I've been assembling wood for a special bass build for a while now. The design is as follows:


    It'll have a continuous ebony fingerboard, encompassing both the nut and the bridge.

    The maple bass side wing will be quilted maple, like this:


    And the walnut treble side wing will be crotch claro walnut, like this:


    The only thing I'm uncertain about is the neck and body core. In the design above, I have it set as mahogany. But I've used a lot of mahogany lately, and I kind-of want to try something else.

    So, among the polled options, what do you think would complement the walnut/maple best:
  2. MPU


    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    Maybe wenge? Chambered body core and headstock with similar wings as body top.
  3. sprocket123


    Feb 15, 2012
    Sapele s a good alternative wood to mahogany , from what I ve read on an old Worldshop News link .
  4. For the body... honestly, Pine.

    I know, I know. It's not sexy. However it has some great attributes.
    1. It's sustainable and native to most regions
    2. It's cheap and plentiful
    3. You can stain it whatever colour you like
    4. It's easy to work
    5. It's light and reasonably resonant

    Personally, i think the last attribute is the most important. A lot of sandwiches like you're designing end up heavy as boat anchors. It's my feeling we'll start to see pine used more and more in cheaper guitars bodies. Eventually it will make it into necks too once we run out of hardwoods... sadly.

    P.s. you could actually use it in the neck as long as you added some other timber laminates and carbon/aluminum rods.
  5. How would Cherry look with those? Looks like its going to be a cool build!
  6. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    "Tone" wood?....
  7. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    I think I've settled on Sapele. The ribbon figure won't be terribly visible from the front, but will be a nice treat for the player.

    Tone is not a building material.
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  8. Lou Bottini

    Lou Bottini

    Feb 25, 2004
    Alder w/figured Koa top
    Swamp Ash w/Figured Walnut
    Chambered Alder w/Stika Spruce
  9. Rowka


    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    Fwiw, Bill Kirchen (Commander Cody's guitarist - hot Rod Lincoln) plays a Tele with a pine neck with no truss rod or stiffeners.
  10. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    Q-sawn OG pine would probably be fine. A lot of conifers develop hard and dense wood. The junk at home depot, on the other hand, may as well be balsa.
  11. Tdog


    May 18, 2004
    Here ya go...The man himself!

  12. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    That is an extremely fat neck.
  13. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    I couldn't find any nice Sapele or bloodwood at my local lumber vendor, but he had some really nice Jatoba, so I got that. It's a nice near-quarter piece of straight-grained, even-color stuff, and I dig it. I'll get started on cutting this mofo next weekend I hope.
  14. Ours is reducing there stock for years end,, I'm hating it!