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KOA

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lefty, Nov 13, 2005.


  1. lefty

    lefty

    Sep 25, 2004
    putting together a passive warmoth p bass thinking of going with a solid koa body has anybody heard koa on a bass? i know i know it`s all subjective.
     
  2. Koa has a very beautiful grain but is known to actually not be that strong a wood. I have a Carvin LB70PF with a Koa neck, and I opted for a tung-oil finish, making the wood remarkably smooth. It almost feels fragile, to be honest. Alas, the bass is currently under construction, so I cannot posts pictures.

    In terms of it being used as a solid body, I suppose it could be done but the end result, depending on how dense a finish is applied, could be a body that is rather prone to dings and so on.

    One last thing to mention, but solid Koa is relatively heavy. Having owned an instrument that was solid Koa, I can tell you that my shoulder did not thank me after certain sets. I also however owned a bass with a Koa top. Not as dense, but retained the classy aesthetic.

    In terms of sound, I can tell you that the Koa neck on the Carvin I have really adds a somewhat more mid-range enhanced characteristic to the tonality, which I defintiely dig.

    Good luck with the project, and be sure to post pictures of the completed result.
     
  3. I just saw a thread about a Koa neck inquiry, and WJGreer responded:
    Sounds like someone you could ask in an email about how it worked out. Can't remember where I saw a pic of it, but the wood is great! Yum! :D
     
  4. From Peavey's custom shop...

     
  5. lefty

    lefty

    Sep 25, 2004
    man that is BEUTIFUL!!! koa it is.
     
  6. rusty

    rusty

    Mar 29, 2004
    Singapore
    to fan the flame abit...

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    :D
     
  7. Sonically similar to mahogany.

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