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Maple or Lace wood That is the question

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by River Gambler, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. River Gambler

    River Gambler

    Feb 10, 2005
    I'm having trouble deciding on what wood to use for the body of my next bass. The top is 3/8" thick Pomele Sapele. I want to have a groul to the sound. I have narrowed it down to maple or lacewood. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks Tom
  2. I've never used lacewood, so i can't provide a comparison. But the growliest bass I've ever heard was my old spector NS2 which had a maple body. Soft maple, mind you.
  3. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Make sure you know which type of lacewood you intend to work with. The australian (Cardwellia sublimes) type sounds similar to mahogany (warm and smooth). Be warned though, there is also a lacewood that comes from south america (Roupala Brasilensis) which is very hard and heavy, which would probably give more bite to your sound. Not that I'm talking from experience though. :bag: