Fender P-Bass with Maple Body and Maple Neck - a good idea!?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by WinchX, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. WinchX


    Sep 14, 2014
    Hamburg, Germany
    Hello there,

    I've got the chance to get some really good quality maple wood soon and I wondered if it is even a good idea to build a P-Bass body out of that wood and then buy a neck and hardware and build a bass.

    I mean maple is not the typical body-wood. Usually ash or alder as I would think!?

    What do you guys think of my idea of building a maple-body? :D

    I'd like to hear some thoughts on that...

    Cheers from Hamburg, Germany.... :)
  2. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    It would be heavy
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  3. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Rickenbacker 4001 & 4003 basses have solid maple bodies and they are not excessively heavy, although possibly a little thinner than a Fender P body. (EDIT - Ric body is def. thinner than a P body, at least my 4001 is)

    Fender made several models with maple veneers. I think there was one with a solid maple body made a few years back.

    Here's a couple of mine -

    1996 Fender 50th Anniversary Precision with bookmatched maple front & back



    2000 Fender Special Edition Jazz with Figured maple front & back


    Last edited: Jan 2, 2015
  4. Very heavy.
    Les Paul originally envisioned his namesake guitar to be made with a maple body. Although it had great sustain it was found to be unreasonably heavy. Gibson settled on making the majority of the body out of mahogany and capped it with a carved maple top. Proved to be fairly popular. Still a heavy plank though.
  5. topcat2069

    topcat2069 Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2007
    Cathedral City Ca.
  6. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
    On a certified scale, only about 1 lb heavier than an alder bodied.
    I personally think they sound a little brighter, a little more growl, but not as warm.
  7. Antisyzygy


    Dec 8, 2014
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  8. You are correct TC 2069 but they are discontinued...and hard to find. (so I am told)
  9. Antisyzygy


    Dec 8, 2014
    That was true at least several months ago when I was looking to acquire one. I couldn't find one anywhere. Are they really discontinued?

    A quick search shows none of the major online retailers have them available currently. Ebay might be an option though.
  10. I was lucky enough to pick up (new) this last week...I was told that it was the last one available Nation Wide (Canada)
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  11. topcat2069

    topcat2069 Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2007
    Cathedral City Ca.
    I remember seeing one on Amazon a while back.... I just used it as a reference to an all Maple Bass.
  12. Antisyzygy


    Dec 8, 2014
    That sucks for me. I've been GASing so hard for one of those.
  13. Yeah,,, I have a VM Jazz and I kept thinking that "some day" I will pick up it's Cousin. Well I read just over a week ago that the VMP (Amber) was no more,,,so the search was on.
  14. gjohnson441496


    Dec 14, 2014
    You have some absolutely beautiful basses.
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  15. Reaper Man

    Reaper Man

    Jan 15, 2010
    I have an early SB1 that's all maple. Love the sound (the pick up is closer to a traditional split). Not that heavy IMO
  16. If you leave it as a natural finish, it'll look kind of like a Mapleglo Ric, or one of those VM Precisions.

    If you paint it, no one will know what sort of wood it is underneath.

    If you build it with a P pickup in the P location, it'll sound like a P bass.

    Simple as that. :)
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  17. Fleebag

    Fleebag Quacker!

    Sep 7, 2013
    Illinois USA
    Squier VM 70's and VM '77 jazz's are both maple bodied, sweetwater has two right now weighing in at 9lb14oz and 9lb2oz. P's being on average lighter because of the body shape would lead me to believe it wouldn't be too bad, although one batch of wood can be of very different density than the next...only one way to find out:greedy:

    link: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/JBass70OWT
  18. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    The Squiers are made from soft maple that is much more like pine. Totally different from a hard maple like a Ric.
  19. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    They don't make these anymore right? I played one in a GC and didn't buy it. It was one of the best sounding and playing precisions I've ever played, regardless of price. I regret not buying it.
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