I apologize if this should be in Luthier's Corner but figured it was a fairly general question. I did a search but couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. Why does the wood used in a body affect the tone of a bass? This probably seems like a dumb question but I'm curious as to the dynamics of the process. We know that the sound is created by the strings vibrating in the magnetic field created by the pickups. In theory, this would be the only thing creating sound and tone, but we know in reality that the wood in which the pickups rest does affect tone. Why is this? What is the process that causes this to occur? I assume it has to do with resonance and vibrations but would be curious if someone could put this into perspective for me. I understand a bit more how fingerboard wood would affect the vibration of the strings i.e harder woods creating brighter sounds, how is it that body woods affect tone. I know they do, just curious about the why. Thanks and sorry if this seems like a foolish question.