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using oak in a bass?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tjclem, Sep 11, 2004.


  1. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Come on guys I have so much of this from the hurricane. Isn't there anything I can do with it?...............t
     
  2. build a coffee table? :D

    i'm not sure how oak would sound, but it would make for 1 heavy bass
     
  3. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Hey, good thinking! I always say, if there a disaster, make use of it (happens to me all the time)

    Anyway, oak has a great renommé arond here as neck and fingerboard material. Some kind of mixture between mahogany and wenge, perhaps :eyebrow:
    As body wood, it's sayd to be slightly "clanky", or "tinny". I never come across an oak bodied instrument, myself, so I can't add anything more.

    But, for neck use, it's great.
     
  4. Edin

    Edin

    Apr 24, 2003
    My favorite neck wood!
    It’s hard to dry but I hope you get nice blanks from it.
    It have a great sustain too!

    /EA

    Edin Electric Bass Guitars
     
  5. 5thString

    5thString

    May 5, 2004
    Now that is a very interesting point.
    I've always disliked oak for bass bodies, and I was convinced it would bring stability issues for necks. Do you have sound samples of your basses - the Lightwave ones in particular?
     
  6. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Swedish oak? I wonder how that differs for the type we have in Florida? ....Nice looking basses by the way.......t
     
  7. Edin

    Edin

    Apr 24, 2003
    Me too :)
    Oak is wery stabile once when it is dry.
    Thank you for the compliments!
    I have no sounclips of my basses but I have some recordings if it’s of any interest. I know that one of my customers had one clip of his LightWave on his web site: http://4bass.moonfruit.com
    I’ll try to make some soundclips soon.

    /EA

    Edin Electric Bass Guitars
     
  8. 5thString

    5thString

    May 5, 2004
    Well, this is not his bass on the audio clip. This is a clip from the Langcaster Lightwave bass you can listen to on the Langcaster site.
     
  9. Edin

    Edin

    Apr 24, 2003
    Ouch!
    I have actually never asked him about that. I just presumed that’s him playing because clip is there…but it’s surely a lightwave :)
    I’ll try to record something this weekend so you can compare

    /EA

    Edin Electric Bass Guitars
     
  10. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Yeah, that's an interesting question!
    The swedish grown Quercus Robur is very stable. I guess the Florida oak(s?) would be faster grown and thus a bit softer, but I wouldn't bet on it.
    Perhaps you can find something at http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/ - a rather comprehensive resource.
    Otherwise, PM Pilotjones - he'll know where to find data.
     
  11. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Thanks but I decided that I don't want to go through the trouble of drying it. It has been a big bonfire........t
     
  12. Edin

    Edin

    Apr 24, 2003
  13. 5thString

    5thString

    May 5, 2004
    Very clear and tight sound. Just as I expected.
    The more samples I listen to, the more I think the Lightwave thingy is best applied to fretlesses instruments.
    Just a personnal thought.