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DARK WALLNUT....AH NUTS!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by flea claypool, Aug 26, 2004.


  1. flea claypool

    flea claypool

    Jun 27, 2004
    Ireland
    HEY
    my dad offered to build the body of a bass for me[very brian may] he is well able and i was wonderin.. i want to use dark wallnut as the wood[very beautiful] and i just have a question

    has anyone ever played/owned an wallnut bass.. and what kind of sounds do you think i will get

    any comments on wood choice welcome...

    THANKS
    1DESPERATE IRISH MAN :help: :help:
     
  2. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Won't that be like a friggin anchor?
     
  3. McHack

    McHack

    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    Walnuts a great bass wood, & used on alot of high end basses. It's quite heavy... Warmoth describes walnut as follows:

    Walnut is a heavy weight wood, but not quite as heavy as hard maple. It has a similar sound to hard maple but it tends not to be as bright. Walnut is very beautiful with open grain. Oil finishes work great on Walnut.
     
  4. Worshiper

    Worshiper

    Aug 13, 2004
    New York
    I made my first custom out of walnut. The sound that comes out of it is unbeleavable, The whole bass shakes like nothing before. The tone is deep and the bass is a behemoth in weight, but they sound increadable. For good reason too. It's like $20 a foot
     
  5. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
  6. flea claypool

    flea claypool

    Jun 27, 2004
    Ireland
    wow thanks!
    i also was wondering bout a neck i have a luthier who can build me a neck what kind of neck do you think i should make? i cant use warmoth as i got cought for massive tax livin in ireland
    Any ideas?
    THANKS
     
  7. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    My 6-string is a 5-piece sandwich: curly claro walnut/maple veneer/walnut/maple veneer/curly claro walnut. The body is cut thin and small and is overall a very light bass. My neck is mostly maple with wenge and purple heart strips. My fretboard is colobolo.

    <img src="http://www.bassviews.org/perl/showimage.pl/759" width=600>
     
  8. Matt Morgan

    Matt Morgan Fellow Conspirator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2001
    Plano, TX
    Walnut is a great wood for bass guitars. A lot of top end builders use it all the time.
    This is my Peavey Cirrus fretless 6 string with a walnut/maple neck, walnut body wings and a Claro walnut top. It has a great full tone and isn't heavy at all.
     
  9. Whafrodamus

    Whafrodamus

    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    FleaClaypool.. Man.. Could you please stop posting your titles in caps? All but one of them have been in caps.. It's kind of annyoing IMO. :ninja:
     
  10. I AGREE ENTIRELY.
     
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    No experience with basses entirely made of walnut, but the three basses standing up have all got a different kind of walnut used as the top.

    (f.l.t.r.)
    - Grafted walnut
    - Flame walnut
    - Two-tone burl walnut

    The first one has a mahogany body, the other two have maple bodies. The maple/walnut combination provides for very punchy basses!
     
  12. By-Tor

    By-Tor

    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    The body wood for my Jerzy Drozd is walnut with a zebrawood top
    Great sound, boomy and bright.
     
  13. I own two:

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    I love 'em both, they sound fantastic, but they weigh a ton... :rolleyes:
     
  14. JOME77

    JOME77

    Aug 18, 2002
    Georgia
    I made a Warmoth fretless 5 jazz with a soild walnut body and recently put together a Warnoth Gecko fretted 5 with a solid walnut body and a figured walnut top. Both basses sound very nice! They are a bit heavy, especially the Gecko at just over 11 lb, but they have a great full sound. Nice smooth highs. Here's a pic of the Gecko.
     
  15. 4string4ever

    4string4ever Guest

    Apr 18, 2004
    Orlando, Florida
    I chose walnut when I ordered my custom. Afterward, I discovered a crotch piece of black walnut and changed my order. Check this out. The drawing is what the body will look like after it's finished.



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  16. That's a gorgeous piece of wood. If ya don't mind, what's the cost on somehing like that?

    By the way, this is just me talking, but I'm not digging that body style too much.



    joe
     
  17. 4string4ever

    4string4ever Guest

    Apr 18, 2004
    Orlando, Florida
    About $165 direct from the wood supplier. Thick enough for a book match, which is what I am having done.
     
  18. Why make a bookmatch from it? It looks big enough to make a complete top out of. I think it would be much more interesting to have the variation on the top than to use such a nice big piece to make a bookmatch set.
     
  19. By-Tor

    By-Tor

    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA

    The body style is very similar to the TUNE TS series bass.
    Is this where you got your inspiration?
     
  20. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts

    :D +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 :D

    I think I'd redesign the bass around that SWEET piece of wood. Maybe even consider just routing a neck pocket on one side and putting the pickups wherever they fall and not cutting ONE LITTLE INCH off of that!!!! :hyper: :hyper: