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How do you pronounce these woods?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by geshel, Jan 9, 2002.


  1. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Mods, feel free to move this if it better fits somewhere else. I figured this would be the place since it's about the wood the basses are made out of.

    So: how the heck do you pronounce all these crazy exotic wood names? I mostly read the names, and figured it must be "this way", and in a couple cases was dead wrong. :) So, here we go:

    1. Wenge: started off saying "wenj", then I figured since it was African it must be "weng-ay". Now I hear that it is really "wenj"?

    2. Bubinga: I've always said "boobinga", but some say "byoobinga"

    3. Padauk (padouk): puh-dowk? puh-doke? puh-dook? puh-dyook? pa-dyook? :)

    4. Cocobolo: easy, right? Then why is it sometimes spelled "cocobola"?

    I think that covers most of them . . .
     
  2. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
     
  3. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Thanks Brad!

    Huh, I was about convinced it was really wenj, I just talked to my brother-in-law about that tonight and his dad builds guitars, he said that his dad and the guys at the lumber yard pronounced it wenj.

    Maybe I'll just start pronouncing it ween-juh, see if that catches on. . . :D
     
  4. I always pronounced wenge as - wang.:eek:

    bubinga as - boob-een-ga

    how do you say pau farro? I've always thought it was - pow-fair-o

    I was at a local guitar shop, and the guy was trying to sell me a PRS bass. and I said no thanks I'm having Dave Pushic build me one. and he said "you mean - Dave Puss-eek" :confused: I've always said it like - push-ic who's right?

    then I told him I'm having Bartolini pickups put in it. I said it like - bart-ole-in-ee. and he said "you mean - bartal-eenee" whats going on?:confused: can't I say anything right?

    whats the proper way these things are pronounced?
     
  5. Maybe the guy was just an a** and thought he knew more about basses than you and wanted to try to assert his authority.:rolleyes:

    Geoff
     
  6. DP Custom

    DP Custom DP Custom Basses

    Feb 7, 2001
    NC, USA
    Dave P.
     

  7. 1. Wenge: started off saying "wenj", then I figured since it was African it must be "weng-ay". Now I hear that it is really "wenj"?


    same as the word " Wedge ", but the D is an N..

    2. Bubinga: I've always said "boobinga", but some say "byoobinga"

    the U is pronounced as the U in " shuffle "


    3. Padauk (padouk): puh-dowk? puh-doke? puh-dook? puh-dyook? pa-dyook? :)


    the " a " is pronounced as the " a " in " ooh Mamma " ( :D ), then the " auk " is pronounced as the " ook " in " rookie "


    4. Cocobolo: easy, right? Then why is it sometimes spelled "cocobola"?


    let me give you a hint : " always coca-cola..."
     
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Tuh may toe
    Tuh mah toe...

    ;)
     
  9. xush

    xush

    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    next:

    Aguilar?
    Luthier?
    Xush?
     
  10. uglybassplayer

    uglybassplayer

    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    oooh, my turn, my turn!!!

    My word is Prosciutto :confused:

    Every time my wife sends me to the store I PURPOSELY pronounce it differently, and EVERY SINGLE TIME the guy at the deli counter corrects me!!! :eek: :mad:

    Is it PRO-SHOO-TOE?
    Is it PRO-ZOO-TOE?
    Is it PRO-SHOOT?
    Is it PRO-ZOOT?

    Aaaagghh!!!
     
  11. Forget about it that's easy. PRO-SHOOT is correct.(Uncle Pussy told me so.)

    And if you have any problem wit dat, we can talk about it on the banks of the East River.

    :DBTW that Dave P guy has no idea how to pronounce his own name.:D
     
  12. chipmolter

    chipmolter Guest

    Aug 27, 2001
    Baltimore, MD
    ...if your deli is in Brooklyn. The dropped last vowel is a Brooklytalian trait, but not part of the lingua matra.
     
  13. :DDon't give me any lip, or I will tell you how to season hardshells Mr Baltimore.:D
     
  14. Pro-shoot'o

    but most italians i heard it say, said " Push-oot'o "
     
  15. chipmolter

    chipmolter Guest

    Aug 27, 2001
    Baltimore, MD
    :D

    Ooo dang!
     
  16. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Umm, not really sure if this should go to Misc. or Off Topic. Don't belong here, though.

    Aww, heck, I send everything I don't know about down to Misc. Why start doing it different now?:D
     
  17. Here we go.....


    Ready..........ready...ready...ready....


    Weeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That was fun.

    Okay, now back to the woods...
     
  18. malthumb

    malthumb

    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Anybody wanna take a shot at AVADORE, AVODIRE, and AVODOIRE?

    How 'bout OVANGKOL? O -Vang (as in sang) coal(as in lump of)

    (emphasis on bold type)

    And is GRANADILLO pronounced Gran-a-dill -o or Gran-a-dee -o?

    Peace,

    James
     
  19. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Ovankol - I pronounce that one "sheh-dju-uh" :D

    Granadillo - Pretty sure that's dee-o
     
  20. maybe i'm reading these wrong, but i always called bubinga "Buh-Bing-ga". My parents call it that, and my dad had a custom made conference table made out of bubinga, and he spent a lot of time with table maker guy selecting woods... so i always assumed that was the correct way.