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Luthite Body

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HarQ_X, Oct 31, 2001.


  1. HarQ_X

    HarQ_X

    May 14, 2001
    Bandung, Indonesia
    What do u guys think about the Luthite body?
    does it have any advantage / disadvantage?
     
  2. They're very nice..

    they do feel " plastic ", but very, very sturdy..
    A bit heavy at first, but once you've played it for a while, you get used to the added weight.. no problem :)

    if Ibanez ever made BTB's with luthlite bodies.. i'm the first to get one :D
     
  3. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Luthite heavy?
    That doesnt compute to me.
    I believe it is lightweight.
     
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Luthite is not like composite graphite, so it's pretty heavy compared to a composite body, e.g. a Basslab.
     
  5. snyderz

    snyderz

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    They're great once you get used to the petroleum smell.
    Doc
     
  6. i think they are awesome!
    nice sound, not THAT heavy, you'll get used fast! and very pretty ;)
     
  7. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    i think those older ibanez's were luthite and i really liked the feel. WAAAAAAAAAAAAY too midrangy for me though. I played one of those warlock guitars with the clear green luthite. I hated it alot. it was heavier than any les paul ever. maybe theres different levels of it, but the warlock sucked.
     
  8. the warlock wasn't luthite that was acrylic.
     
  9. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    That smell is a HUGE turn off!
     
  10. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I've never noticed any smell. :confused:

    Though, I do like that they are lightish, and they have a nice punch to them, IMHO
     
  11. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    I love them to, but this weird thing keeps nagging at me... Like because its plastic it doent have a bass "Soul" and will never go to bass heaven. it will instead just rot away, like a machine or somthing. Like being a plastic bass means that your a cold, lifeless object..... i feel bad....real bad..... Poor souless bass.......

    But i love the tone, they rock.


    wow. post number 300 already....
     
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Luis, I have to agree with Allodox on this one. The Ibanez luthite models feel unbalanced to me, because the body is so heavy. I never thought that a bass could be body heavy until I played an EDC model.

    Maybe the Cort Curbows are formulated a little differently. I know that one of the supposed advantages of luthite is that you can change the mix to get more resonance, and weight would affect that.
     
  13. My experience with Luthite is this:

    I put my finger nail through the outer shell.
    It's like an M&M. Hard, thin shell... soft middle.
    Don't drop it. :D
     
  14. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    I think you are right Embellisher.
    I remember an EDB400 and it was heavier...
     
  15. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    I recently A B'd a luthite Ibanez with my MM and couldn't believe the difference. The Ibanez was abslutely lifeless next to my Sterling. ODn't know if it were the other components on the bass, or the fact that it was luthite - but the bass sounded horribly dead.

    I like the way the body looks and feels though.
     
  16. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Its the Ibanez,
    Try a Cort Curbow instead.
     
  17. About the smell... it's a myth.. there is a slight smell at the controlls area.. but how many people actually sniff a bass ??? :\