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Hickory as a tone wood - why not?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Frijoles Negros, May 31, 2004.


  1. Hickory scmickory. Why has no one made a bass from persimmon?

    Oh wait...someone has.

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  2. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    Virginia
    Is that a Drake Custom?
     
  3. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Totally irrelevant but my living room floor is made of hickory......:)
     
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  4. It is. It's the one pictured on his web site.

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  5. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Banned Supporting Member

    Mmmm...Hickory Smoked Bacon...Mmmm

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    gotta Tort thing goin' on here...
     
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  6. How's it sound when you walk on it?
     
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  7. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    Virginia
    Got a mahogany Model 7, myself!
     

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  8. rickster4003

    rickster4003

    Feb 15, 2013
     
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  9. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I've been wanting to do something with hickory for a long time, but haven't found a nice clear piece with consistent color.

    As for persimmon, it's ebony. So it's quite heavy, tough on tools, and tough to work. And tough to find in big, clear pieces. And the color is typically not that pretty. That Drake body is quite a specimen.
     
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  10. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Banned Supporting Member

  11. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Flat...
     
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  12. micguy

    micguy

    May 17, 2011
    Epoxy soaked MDF sounds, to me, like it’d be a very dense material. My other comment is you have so many experiments going on in your construction that, whether it succeeds or fails, you’ll have no idea what to credit the results to. Let’s hope it is a success nonetheless.
     
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  13. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    Virginia
    Ha! I see what you did there!
     
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  14. Nice. What scale length?

    Mine is 33".

    8lbs, 6oz. Uber stiff all wenge neck. Tight focused sound, plays easy. Keeper.
     
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  15. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    1. Hickory is very heavy wood. That's why baseball bats went from hickory to ash.
    2.It's not nearly as plentiful as maple or ash.
    3. The quality of what is out there is very inconsistent
     
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  16. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    The question shouldn't be why not, it should be why?
     
  17. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    Virginia
    Also 33 scale, EMG P/J, wenge and wenge and the fastest playing neck/fretboard I've played. Solid mahogany but still around 8 pounds. Had it for 6 years and gig it often.
     
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  18. The epoxy soaked mdf ring has enough weight to it that any possibility for neck dive is out. But it's also stupid rigid so my tap tone has sustain like crazy. I'm not really going for any scientific method. However the laminate front I am using is also hickory and maple and it seems to be completely usable. Kind of taking on a bunch here so who knows. Likely have to use a larger radius than many would want but it's essentially going to be an archtop style design. Just making a neck and mounting it right is the main thing.
     
  19. So I've been doing other projects between stages however today I've done some straight cuts to the neck laminates I'll be using for the neck.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/8aBsoMSbmTSYfDf29

    I'm using portions of hickory and maple offcuts for the internal braces as well.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/UwtjuW5kkri15FDs6

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/qMHMZwLEbWNWSDAk9

    The laminated "drum head" is a sheet of hickory over maple over spruce. So the inside surface is a pretty spruce piece.. I'll be using minwax wood stabilizer for the rest of the finish work and burnishing the stuff as much as I can in between the strengthening applications and the finishing applications. So far it's been Krazy Glue and Super glue of all types. I'm not 100% on my exact plan as I need to build a neck block and joint and the headstock as well as decide on the setup and radius. Time will tell.
    The Yamaha in the picture is for scale but also I just put a 3 element piezo in it and temporarily have the humbucker and mic pickup removed.
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2019
  20. ThumbsRH

    ThumbsRH

    Oct 26, 2019
    Any updates on your project?
     

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