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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by MNbassist, Dec 10, 2006.
Is walnut a good tone wood for a body?
everything is the matter of view and taste but in general - one of the greatest sounding, especially when used in a bass.
It depends what kind of walnut, black walnut is a good choice and only around five dollars a board foot. there are other more exotic and expensive, but also more beautiful types of walnut out there too. walnut gives good tone and sustain because it is dense....this also means it's heavy
Walnut basses don't have to be heavier than any other bass. Like walnut's color, there's some variety in density too. Depends a lot on where in the log you get your board from. If you dig a nice deep crotch figure, that's one of the densest part of the log and that means weight. But if you go further out from the center, you can find plenty of wood that doesn't weigh any more than some ashes. The "Bonsai" bass had a chambered walnut body and a walnut neck with ebony fb and it weighed almost exactly 8 lbs. That one is burl and flame claro walnut.
Besides - I've never heard a complaint here on TB about the weight of the walnut gems Ken Smith produces.
i like claro walnut.