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Light Woods With Great Tonal Qualities

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rickreyn, Apr 26, 2001.

  1. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    I've got a Warwick Corvette Standard 5-string. It's a great sounding guitar, but so heavy I have trouble standing up and playing it. The rich sound, in my opinion, comes from the African woods. What are some lighter woods I could use that would still sound rich? My next move will likely be to have a guitar made for me.
  2. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Alder is sort of the current fave. People who pick up my bass with alder wings under a quilted maple top remark how light it is. The quilted maple is another lighter wood.

    Canarywood, a.k.a., American Tulipwood, (but it can also come from S. America), is supposed to be very good, warm lows, and med. weight.

    Avodire, a.k.a. Blond Mahogany is supposed to be med-light and warm and bright.
  3. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    My Peavey Cirrus 5 is a maple top over alder. It is quite light, for a five string. In fact, I think it might even be a little bit lighter than my Warwick Corvette FNA 4 string. (feels like it, anyway)

  4. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Alder, poplar, basswood/lime tree, chestnut, agathis are all lightweight and good sounding.
    Next weight group would be mahogany, cherry, elm, koa, inbouya, walnut and oak.
    Then it gets Warwick heavy;)...

    Of course, these are not all there is.......phu.
  5. ubersam


    Oct 12, 2000
    how about balsa wood, or bamboo? :eek:


  6. Carl Brusky

    Carl Brusky

    Sep 21, 2000
    Pick up and play a Reverend Rumblefish XL Bass.

    They have a great sound and are as light as any bass I have played.
  7. Larzito


    Aug 1, 2000
    Dallas, Texas
    My Pedulla Rapture J has a body made of soft maple. Its light in weight and sounds warm...its the best sounding bass I own. I like it so much I'm having Pedulla make me a Tbolt with maple body and Bubinga top (will be a couple of ounces heavier, which will still be pretty light weight). Some people seem to think maple is an odd wood for a bass body, but it is the best overall tone I've heard yet.

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