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Topwoods and tone

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cassanova, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    How much does the top wood really affect the tone of the instrument? Redwood in particular.
  2. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I thought the general consensus was very little if any at all...

  3. Nigel Tufnel

    Nigel Tufnel

    Dec 8, 2004
    Not noticably, if at all
  4. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Probably depends on how thick it is. Some makers tend to make their tops thicker than others.
  5. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    What he said.
  6. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002

    Well, I tend to believe that they hardly affect the tone of a bass.
    However, after reading the comparisons between a Cirrus with Maple top vs Redwood top they seem to differ.
    Both basses are almost identical, except for the top. The Redwood is supposed to have a more "vintage" tone.

    I never had the chance to A/B them and it´s something that
    makes me wonder.
  7. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    I'd like to A/B those two myself.

    I've played the Walnut and Redwood and thought the Redwood had a slightly different tone to it.
  8. Dbassmon


    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    If your question is a veneer laminated on top of a body, then the answer is not much. If on the other hand the question is does the wood that the body and neck is made of effect the tone, then the answer is ABSOlUTELY!

    Ash is hard and dense, very bright sounding, maple too. Alder is softer and warmer sounding, walnut very mellow and woody sounding. Ask any luthier, he will be able to go into the differences in detail

    Here is a description of the tonal qualities of many different woods.