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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by rickbass, Jul 23, 2002.

  1. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Another thread about a lesser known tonewood - primavera, (a.k.a. "durango", "white mahogany").

    Anyone have any experience with it or at least checked it out in person???

    Some say it is one of the "holy grails" of tonewoods.

    I've also heard it can be quite beautiful. But in the few pictures I've seen, it looks rather blase'.

    Primavera bass body unfinished -

  2. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Im pretty sure that means Spring (as in the season) in Spanish.

    It looks a little plain in the picture, but dont forget that sometimes woods look suprisingly different and more vivid when finished.

    Too me it looks like it has potential, although the looks are all I can comment on.

  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Nick - I hadn't seen anyone mention it for over a year. Then someone at the MIMF recently mentioned a guy who is starting his own lutherie business and is buying a bunch of his pickups.

    He says this new luthier mentioned that swamp ash is "firewood" compared to primavera, in terms of tone.
  4. Doesn't Kevin Brubaker use it fairly extensively?
  5. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Actually, ash is firewood where I come from, but then again, so is maple.

    Anyway, that's quite a claim. Sounds like hype to me. I'm no big fan of swamp ash, but exactly how does one wood put another to shame in terms of tone?
  6. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Good point, Matt! It's apples and oranges.

    Maybe he thinks "tap tone" is something Shirley Temple and the Hines Bros. look for in their shoes?
  7. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Like you guys said, its apples and oranges.

    The bass Im building now has a Mahogany core and Bocote neck, but my next one will have Wenge for both.

    Its not because I will not be satisfied with the Mahogany Bocote combo, but I would want a different sound for the next one.

    Also diffrent pickups compliment different woods better.

    Every wood has its place in music, even if thats a drumstick.


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