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Crazy quest, the worst resonant wood

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Dirk Diggler, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Anytown USA
    I would love to see what we might come up with, I want the worst wood possible. No sustain, no tone, might as well be made out of sponge. ;)
    I'm going to do a little experimental build.
    Any thoughts or insights are greatly appreciated.
  2. levis76

    levis76 Seconds from getting ba...

    Apr 14, 2007
    Metro Detroit
    Petrified? Can't imagine that stuff would have much resonance. \m/
  3. I imagine a tone monster of a bass with a balsa body, flatsawn exterior grade plywood neck, recycled plastic decking material for the fingerboard, topped off with a fine rubbed crayon finish. I have recurring nightmares of being on an arena stage with something like that. Playing through a 10 watt practice amp. And the whole band is looking at me because it's time for the solo... maybe I should get this checked out.
  4. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    I've been watching you for a while now and I'm sorry to say that I keep coming back to the same thing...it's too late for you. :D

    Back on topic, how about spalted balsa?
  5. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Dang, beat me to it, and only by four minutes!
  6. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    ^LOL! It was an easy one don'tcha think? Maybe he really wants to build a bass with it. In that case, spalted yellow cedar...
  7. jordak


    Apr 7, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Telephone poles are thoroughly treated in creosode. Probably most readily available crap wood that is possible to work with.
  8. monti2889


    Jul 19, 2012
    how bout knotty pine or maybe bamboo?

    I hear they make good floors though.
  9. monti2889


    Jul 19, 2012
    cork or wormwood... now that's just silly
  10. +1 for a cork bass!
  11. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Buckeye burl?
  12. Why don't you just get some plywood and laminate pieces together for thickness....
  13. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast Banned

    Plywood top and back with a cork core.
  14. mbelue


    Dec 11, 2010
    Ooo, that's a thought! Wine cork sandwich. The wheels turn...
  15. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Corkscrew willow for the neck.
  16. gigslut


    Dec 13, 2011
    St Louis, Mo
    I built a bass from Lauan. It was pretty, but had no sustain until I replaced the bridge with a high mass Schaller.

  17. jordak


    Apr 7, 2011
    Queens, NY
    in before someone says basswood. Yes, it's cheap, but it's still reasonably decent.
  18. basey

    basey Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    San Antonio, Texas
    MDF board would be pretty dead.
  19. Mackluth


    Jun 9, 2012
    Atlanta, GA
    +1 to MDF...or perhaps OSB is your acronym of choice ;)

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