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"Dreambuild": expectancy of tone when mixing koa, wenge and ebony?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by KF2B, May 6, 2018.


  1. KF2B

    KF2B

    Jan 28, 2013
    Finland
    Greetings,

    I thought of posting this here as a) I guess this is where the people with most expertise on the subject lure, and b) I thought that people herein might find the topic of interest to them. So...

    As of writing this, I am amassing parts for a unique precision bass. I have the body and neck already (both Warmoth), so those are given. Before committing to buying pickups, I´d like to have a better understanding of the tone expectancy based on the woods alone? (yeah, I know, I know...Trying is knowing, yes, but as this is a discussion forum and some people do believe - as I do - that different woods behave differently... I thought of asking). These are the woods:
    • P neck: quartersawn wenge / graphite rods / ebony fb / Graphtech nut / SS6230 frets.
    • P body: solid build koa / satin lacquer finish.
    I am on the understanding that wenge is midrangey with sharp attack, that ebony is bright, and that koa is pretty much like mahogany but a tad brighter.

    Now, I was originally leaning towards EMG Geezer pickup but am now wondering whether a tad less gutsy pickup (Kloppmann P 63?) would be a better match...

    THE QUESTION TO YOU:
    What kind of a tone would you expect this wood combo to produce if the woods in question would behave like they (koa/wenge/ebony) do typically?

    Thanks.
     
  2. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD

    May 20, 2005
    Itll sound like a P bass.
     
  3. KF2B

    KF2B

    Jan 28, 2013
    Finland
    Good to know! :)
     
  4. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Koa is a dense hardwood - I wouldn't compare it tonally to mahogany which is a softer wood. Mahogany is warmer sounding - koa is more like maple. I made this bass w/a body of solid koa - it's thinner than a P-bass but even still it is very heavy. Couple that with ebony and wenge, which are also heavy - and you will end up with a very heavy bass. I'm sure it will sound good - my bass does, especially being fretless but I'm glad it doesn't have a wenge (heavier) neck ... or a hs. :)

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  5. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    I made another bass, a P that has a heavy ash body, wenge neck and ebony fb. I chambered the body within an inch of its life which helped lighten it and installed a Curtis Novak Dark-Star with one stacked V/T knob. It's still heavy, but the tone/sound is monstrous - it is a truly amazing sounding bass. FTR, a Geezer P pu is not in your face. It's mid-rangy and very well mannered - I have one in a DeArmond Jet-star and it sounds really good recorded. There's a thread of Gezzer pu devotees if you want further opinions.
     
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