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core woods Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by bassksun, Aug 20, 2007.


  1. bassksun

    bassksun

    Mar 5, 2004
    Las Vegas,NV
    Suggestion Box is open...

    The usual:
    Alder
    Ash
    Poplar
    Basswood

    What do you like?

    Thanks for playing :)
     
  2. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    I recently started a project using Spanish Cedar as the body core... it looks a lot like mahogany, but I'd guess it's at least 1/3 lighter than the lightest mahogany I've ever handled. It's fairly soft, so I'm not sure but what it needs a hard finish. It works really nicely, smells decent, and doesn't seem to splinter. All points in its favor, IMHO. ;)
     
  3. There really are quite a few woods that can be used for body cores...some are a bit soft and may serve better as the "meat in the sandwich", while others can serve as the entire body

    Here's your list plus some that I've added...

    Agathis
    Alder
    Ash
    Australian Blackwood
    Basswood
    Birch
    Cherry
    Chestnut
    Mahogany
    Maple (Rock)
    Maple (Macrophilium)
    Pecan
    Ponderosa Pine
    Poplar
    Queensland Maple
    Walnut
     
  4. bassksun

    bassksun

    Mar 5, 2004
    Las Vegas,NV
    Cedar sounds like a good one. Porous like Poplar..no?
     
  5. bassksun

    bassksun

    Mar 5, 2004
    Las Vegas,NV
    :eek: Aren't some of those like maple and walnut pretty heavy?
     
  6. hard ash and mahogany are my favorites.
     
  7. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I agree but I will add Walnut
     
  8. i love walnut. dark and growly, but dense enough to have perfect articulation.

    i've been really interested in using korina lately, opinions?

    i really dont like basswood, alder, and agathis. sounds too generic.
    ~gR~
     
  9. bassksun

    bassksun

    Mar 5, 2004
    Las Vegas,NV
    In think I'll order some Walnut and Mahogany...
     
  10. bassksun

    bassksun

    Mar 5, 2004
    Las Vegas,NV
    No love for Rosewood?
     
  11. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    As a body wood? :eyebrow:
     
  12. My personal favorite is Swamp Ash. Good grain, fairly light, and (IMO), great tonewood.
     
  13. i played a electric guitar with a rosewood body. didnt like it one bit. very sterile and terrible harmonics. after that experience, i wouldnt use it for any solid body
    ~gR~
     
  14. bassksun

    bassksun

    Mar 5, 2004
    Las Vegas,NV
    just asking :bag:
     
  15. bassksun

    bassksun

    Mar 5, 2004
    Las Vegas,NV
    Others will agree.
     
  16. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Rosewood is way too heavy for most people's tastes for a body wood.

    A few people around here have really liked butternut.
     
  17. bassksun

    bassksun

    Mar 5, 2004
    Las Vegas,NV
    Butternut. Now thats new to the list. As a special needs/handicapped person I'm alays on the lookout for the lightest wood combinations possible.

    Poplar is cheap and available around here so I'm using lots of that. But its getting boring.

    Good input.
     
  18. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses
    Any time you use a lighter color soft core wood (ex poplar) with a hard/dark top and bottom wood be prepared for the softer wood to; stain easily, develop low spots, and be an all around pain in the butt.
     
  19. DanielM

    DanielM

    Jan 6, 2007
    Holland
    George Harrison had a Rosewood Tele. though it was a sandwich of Rose/Maple/Rose or Ash instead of maple I cannot remember what the lam in the middle was, they are supposed to sound pretty nice. I know they do look fantastic!
     
  20. butternut? ive never heard of that being used. whats the tone like?

    ive noticed MTD uses tulip wood. hows the tone on that?
    ~gR~
     

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