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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cassanova, Dec 18, 2004.
How much does the top wood really affect the tone of the instrument? Redwood in particular.
I thought the general consensus was very little if any at all...
Not noticably, if at all
Probably depends on how thick it is. Some makers tend to make their tops thicker than others.
What he said.
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.
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.
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.