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Question about 2 different woods....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Grahams Groove, Dec 5, 2001.


  1. Grahams Groove

    Grahams Groove Severe GAS problems. Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    Boulder, CO
    What would the differences be between a bass with a mahogany body and a bass with a light amer. maple body...(soundwise i mean) this is assuming that all of the parts, accessories, and p-ups are the same. Same exact body....just what would the tonal advantages/disadvantages/differences be?
    Thanks
    Graham
     
  2. I'm no expert, but I would think the maple would be a really bright sounding bass (rickenbackers are all maple). and mahogany would be a warmer, maybe thicker tone.
     
  3. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    A soft maple body will be brighter than the mahogany, but not too much (as would a rock maple body:( )
    Mahogany is known as the center wood with some luthiers, i.e. not deep/warm, not trebly/bright, but just inbetween.
    I think Mahogany is a very widerange wood, with some emphasis on the midrange.

    But when it comes to wood: your mileage WILL vary!
     
  4. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    please specify the construction, bolt on, set in or neck thru. specify the pickup configuration and if it's a passive or active bass. these influence a lot the sound. when you are sure about these we can speak about the different woods. in general mahogany is a wood i like, but if used with other woods. mahogany and maple works well together. i don't like a lot maple for the body. that's a good wood (even if there are different types of maple...) but it is good for certain type of sound, not the most versatile.