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Spanish Cedar Tone

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Joe.shaffer, Apr 27, 2009.


  1. Joe.shaffer

    Joe.shaffer

    Nov 25, 2008
    Cabot, AR
    Hey, just a quick question. What type of tone does spanish cedar have? I thought it would be a bright tone but upon reading I'm not so sure. Please forgive me if I'm beating a dead horse by asking.
     
  2. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom

    Sep 8, 2008
    oh your beating a dead, rotting horse corpse by asking, i dont think you will get any replies to this one.
     
  3. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Lineā„¢ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    it has this really saffron-like overtone to it that sits really nicely on a peppery kinda fundimental

    R
     
  4. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    It is quite good as a metal bass
     
  5. FWIW, it's pretty soft, like alder. To me that might translate *less-than-bright/dark-to-muddy*
    I have a Stambaugh 6 w/a Spanish cedar body, but it's chambered & neck-through; both contributing factors, IMO, to the overall tone.
     
  6. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    ^ Are you new?

    Search for solid body tone woods ...and get some popcorn.
     
  7. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    When carved to the shape of a Roscoe, and fitted with Roscoe neck, pickups and electronics, it sounds like one of the spanish-cedar-bodied Roscoes.
     
  8. :ninja:


    :bag:





    ....OK, take mahogany, lose a bit of the natural compression, a little rounder and less edgy at the same time.

    Hope that helps (I listen to a lot of Spanish Cedar basses...)....
     
  9. the tone is sweet, with a slight spanish accent due to the origin. Some may like it but xenophobes may not
     
  10. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses
    Yeah I thought this would happen....I won't help flog this no more then what it has been flogged already. Here instead are some of the characteristics I've found using the wood.

    Light
    medium hardness and density (close to poplar and basswood)
    open pores
    straight grain
    smells great while cutting (like sweet spices)
    easy to work
    pinkish reddish brown color
    I like it!
     
  11. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    ^ Those are the working properties and very useful info but I think that "tone" was used in context with wood.
     
  12. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses
    What is this "tone" you speak of? I have no comprehension of this word.
     
  13. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Run away!
     
  14. LOL... this is going to be another legendary tone thread..

    :hyper::hyper::hyper::hyper::hyper:
     
  15. Joe.shaffer

    Joe.shaffer

    Nov 25, 2008
    Cabot, AR
    See I thought I said I did some reading.

    Oh yeah, I did.
     
  16. I think you're slightly missing the point here. He means that there are a lot of very long discussions about the 'tone' of wood and that there isn't just one answer to this question..
     
  17. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Both are close. The "^" indicates the post before mine. "OP" refers to original post.

    I gave the disgusted question to bassteban for this:

    To the OP: solid body tone woods do not matter .
     
  18. BillyRay

    BillyRay Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2008
    Quebec
    ^^^ Yeah, tonewoods have no effect on solid bodies instruments tone so use cedar if you want. But be sure to spray it with nitro if you want any clear top end. Poly will make it sound choked.















    :bag:
     
  19. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    10.
     

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