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Luthiet (sp?) bodies

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Selta, Mar 27, 2002.


  1. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Hey all. I was looking at some Ibanez basses today and saw that they had Luthite bodies. I know this isn't a wood, but what is it, a metal, a plastice or what? What does it sound like compared to wood?
    Thanks all!
     
  2. but way heavier..... i think that the ergodyne series uses special pickups to bring out the mid range so i think that the tonal responses would be more low and high heavy...
    i heard someone say it was good if you want that
    (dont kill me please) fieldy slap sound...

    thats the limitof my knowledge as of right now.
     
  3. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I see. I've heard that it's just complete junk as compared to any kind of wood. :( I dunno! This stuff is outta my league though, I'm still expirmenting with woods...:confused:
     
  4. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Cort's Curbow basses use Luthite, as well, don't they? I dont' think there is ANY wood in the Cort Curbows. Could be wrong though, I haven't spent much time with 'em at all.
     
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    The Cort Curbows do have a hard rock maple neck.

    Luthite is a petroleum based compound about halfway between plastic and clay. Supposedly you can mix it differently depending on the tone that you are after.

    The mix is different on the Curbows vs. the Ergodynes. The Ergodynes feel heavy, compared to similar sized wood basses, and the Curbows feel light.
     
  6. pedalpointer

    pedalpointer

    Mar 25, 2002
    I have a Cort Curbow 5 string. The luthite body is pretty lightweight. In fact, it's neck heavy, if anything. If you open up the battery compartment or the control cavity, there's a definite chemical smell, though it's not really noticable with the cavities closed. The bass looks stunning though.
     
  7. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    pedal, do you have any pics of it that you can post? I never really have had the chance to see one up close....I want to go try one to see if I like their sound..
     
  8. pedalpointer

    pedalpointer

    Mar 25, 2002
    Here's a really grainy one of the whole bass.
     
  9. pedalpointer

    pedalpointer

    Mar 25, 2002
    Here's a better one of just the body.
     
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    100 % plastic body
    100 % plastic neck
    100 % plastic fingerboard
    100 % rough-chrystal pickups ( oh mamma ! :D )
    100 % customisable ( factory allows you to change pretty much anything.. )
    100 % made in Germany
    100 % kick-*** !!

    all casted out of 1 single mold. it's not bolt-on.. not neck thru... no.. it is 1 !

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    [​IMG]
     
  11. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Hey, tahnks for the pic, AllodoX! I like the things that can be done with luthite bodies, but I'm still not sure if I'm going to like the way they sound as compared to a wood.
     
  12. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I just noticed something, where the hell are the tuners?
     
  13. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    It's NOT luthite!

    Basslab use a composite material they delveloped on their own.

    Well it's a headless. They're at the bridge of course.
     
  14. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    See here:

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  15. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    oooooooooooo.........le fay pangton....yummy *drool*
     
  16. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Same difference! Luthite/plastic it's all petroulem based, right? BTW the one I mean was on their site and it wasn't headless....
     
  17. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    That's like saying all wood is the same because it comes from trees ;)

    It may not be really headless, but it's the same hardware.
     
  18. here..

    same concept.. 100 % plastic..

    total weight : 2300 gram :D
    [​IMG]
     
  19. They even have John-Turner grade material !

    ooh... knobs... [​IMG][​IMG]

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