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neck wood:ovangkol vs. all wenge (for warwicks)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Porcelain, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Porcelain


    Jul 31, 2011
    Trying to find out weather it's worth it to wait for a used wick from the 90's to come out on ebay with an all wenge neck or buy new with ovangkol neck/wenge fingerboard.
  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Wait for something like a Streamer Pro M or LX with the 3 piece wenge neck. I believe I've seen some Fortress / Masterman (?) models in the classifieds. Just my 2 cents.

  3. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    They are different, both great. The wenge has more attack and immediacy, the ovankol is rounder and smoother. Both are growly an woody but in a different way.
  4. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    I like both. I was surprised at how much I liked the ovankol, I prefer the feel and look of it over wenge.
  5. I have a custom Thumb NT 5 broadneck w ovangkol neck and wedge fingerboard. The feel is phenomenal. The look is classy. The sound is warm and full with the signature Warwick growl.

    Obviously, it's a matter of personal taste/preference. However, I LOVE this neck/fingerboard combo and vote that you buy new. Just my 2 cents.
  6. WarwickOfficial


    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media
    Porcelain - As I stated in the other thread, in 2013 most models will be going back to using all Wenge necks. Please let me know if you have any questions or need assistance in any way. Thanks!
  7. MarthaSamira

    MarthaSamira Banned

    Apr 29, 2012
    Wenge is more stable.
  8. WarwickOfficial


    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media
    Based on the extensive testing we have done, this is not a fact I would back you on. Both Wenge and Ovangkol are extremely stable wood, especially when cared for, and constructed, properly.
  9. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    And when it comes to the difference in sound?
  10. my vote is for all wenge.

    '94 corvette owner right here.
  11. WarwickOfficial


    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media
    They are very, very similar. Wenge has a low mid growl, barky mids, clear and tight bottom and a pretty nice top. Ovangkol has a lot of the same, but with "The Growl" centered in a higher freq of the low-mids than Wenge. Lows and highs are about the same. Ovangkol has a slight bit more tightness in the lows, where Wenge has more clarity in the lows. Because of this, Wenge is a bit more warm, with Ovangkol being a bit more bright.

    Overall, there is not much of a difference between the two. They are both amazing tone woods. The biggest thing you will notice with the two is mostly in the low freqs. And the brightness difference. Other than that, we feel they are close to identical.
  12. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Great :) Thanks for the info :hyper:

    Well, maybe this is something you can't really discuss, but if the Steve Bailey signature bass, would get a Wenge neck instead of the Ovangkol neck it has now, would you hear a difference clearly?
  13. WarwickOfficial


    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media
    In my opinion, no - you would not hear a discernable difference. Thanks!
  14. MarthaSamira

    MarthaSamira Banned

    Apr 29, 2012
    Care to elaborate on the testing procedures?
  15. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
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  16. A bit off topic, but has anyone tried both the older thumb neck through model with wenge neck and wenge fretboard and the newer ones with ovangkol neck and ebony fretboard? I've only been able to try the older model and was curious as to how the change in neck and fretboard woods has altered the sound of the thumb.