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Is walnut a good wood

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by MNbassist, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. Is walnut a good tone wood for a body?
  2. contakt321


    Jul 31, 2006
    New York, NY
    yep, why?
  3. vintager


    Jan 29, 2005
    everything is the matter of view and taste but in general - one of the greatest sounding, especially when used in a bass.
  4. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
  5. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
  6. Kran Banger

    Kran Banger

    Dec 1, 2006
    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
  7. 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.:)
  8. gr8estbassist

    gr8estbassist Guest

    Oct 9, 2004
    South East
    i like claro walnut.


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