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is an alder wood bass neck ok?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by gaffster, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. gaffster


    Jan 20, 2006
    gotta question for the bass builders.
    i bought an alder neck with a rosewood board for a p-bass.
    i notice that the vast majority of bass necks are maple. Will the alder neck hold-up and stay in tune?
  2. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    I'm not a luthier but I do know alder is a really soft wood so it probably won't be strong enough for a neck unless you add a bunch of graphite reinforcements to it. I've heard that ash is strong enough for necks, though, but I can only think of one bass with an ash neck that I've come across online.
  3. greg


    Jun 1, 2004
    I dont know if they still do it, but the Modulus genesis has an alder neck. I think it has quite a bit of graphite reinforcement though.
  4. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    My Carvin LB75-F has a two-piece alder neck. It's stable and I like what it does for tonal flexibility with a fretless in conjunction with an ebony board - ie, by hand technique and pickup choice I can sound a lot brighter and like I have a fretted, or get down to the big mwah, or get a dark upright-like attack and decay.
  5. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Who made the neck?