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Tap tone for selecting wood ...

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by George Looney, Apr 13, 2004.

  1. I have read several things about luthiers tapping the wood when selecting building materials for their instruments.

    When doing this, what should you be listening for ?

    If, for example, a piece of wood has a bright tone when you tap it, does that mean the bass will have a bright tone too ?

    Any help, info or links about this topic would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Tap tones are not nearly as important to solid body instrument builders as they are to acoustic builders. I would guess most bass builders don't spend much time fretting over tap tones. It never affects my decisions as to whether or not I will buy a particular piece of wood.

    Tap tones will give you an idea of how resonant a particular wood is, and if you have two pieces that are roughly the same size, you can compare the tap tones to see where their resonant frequencies are in relation to each other.
  4. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Which will have a effect on the sound of bass.

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