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Thumb BO fretless, ovangknol or bubinga? tone diff?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by [SD], Apr 5, 2006.

  1. [SD]


    Feb 24, 2004
    well, i'm thinking on getting a custom shop Thumb BO fretless 5 string by the end of the year and i wonder what tonal differences are between bubinga and ovangkol bodies. I'm thiking also on adding piezos and JJ SD pickups and 3 way SD preamp.
    So what you people think? which wood??
    Also anyone have an idea of prices for custom shop?
    I currently have a standard corvette with bubinga body and i find it to have maybe way too much low end, i'd like a little more mids.
  2. Daywalker


    Apr 13, 2005
    Well there you go, if you want more mids and a little less bottom, go for the Ovankol body. Either way, be sure and get the Ebony fretboard. I'm sure it'll sound like heaven! Good luck!
  3. Z-Bass


    Apr 22, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    SD, does your Corvette Standard have the active pickups and preamp or is it passive? I ask because if it's active, the preamp may be the issue. The MEC preamp bass frequency is centered around 100hz (I believe) and I have found that frequency can be on the boomy side. If this is the case, then maybe you can try a different preamp. Maybe deactivate the onboard pre (i.e. pulling up on the volume knob) and try some outboard models or different amp EQ. I thought of this as I found the Corvette Standard to have a nice mid quality to it, but mine was the passive version. I currently have a Streamer LX 5-string and felt the same about the bass in the preamp. I swapped out for an Aguilar OBP-1 pre and that did the trick. If you tried any of this already sorry for the long winded post.

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