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Walnut ERB bodies, what's the word?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Wilbyman, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    Thinking about my next bass, and I'm remembering fondly some basses I've heard with walnut bodies -- tons of punch and and piano clarity. Adam Nitti's warrior has that classic sound (but I think his site it down right now). Anybody rocking an ERB bass with a walnut body (maybe post of pic?) and tell me what you think!

  2. Rod B.

    Rod B.

    Jun 11, 2002
    Mine is a walnut core with a redwood top. The pup is an Aero Q (passive system). It has great tone, good clarity and punch with a hint of rasp/growl, depending where the tone knob is set.

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  3. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    my fretted 8 string is all walnut, with a walnut and purple heart neck and fingerboard. it sounds ferocious. i dig it.

  4. Jean Baudin

    Jean Baudin

    Aug 27, 2003
    redwood city, ca
    Endorsing Artist: See Profile
    it's post a picture day.

    both my 9's have walnut bodies. they sound great. The third image is the back of my pac bass (the top is ziricote).



  5. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    I think walnut has a sweetness in the upper register unmatched (to my ears) by any other wood. The two examples that most readily come to mind are Matt Garrison's (E-C) and Oteil Burbridge's basses. Very different tonally because of other wood combined with the body, but both have unbelievable clarity and... sweetness in the upper register. That's the only way I can describe it. Sweetness. . . sweetness. . . :bag:

    I do not have an ERB with a walnut body yet , but when I have the cash to have a 6 built it will unquestionably have a fat piece of walnut as the body.
  6. Rod B.

    Rod B.

    Jun 11, 2002
    Yes, that hint of rasp I mentioned is better described by *sweetness in the upper register.*

  7. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    My six-string fretless had a walnut body. Rod B.'s description is pretty right-on-it was deep and punchy with some nice growl in the lower notes. The one downside is that it's usually quite heavy. :(
  8. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    Hmmm, I can't tell if you're agreeing with me, or. . .
  9. Rod B.

    Rod B.

    Jun 11, 2002
    Yes, I'm saying your statement created a better word picture.

  10. Rod B.

    Rod B.

    Jun 11, 2002
    Let me clarify further. It has a sweet growl. :D
  11. Bassossorus


    Oct 21, 2004
    :cool: here is my LowEnd Jazz bass 7 string.....alder body with flamed walnut top.....not body, but still! I like it...should be here by the end of the month! Cant wait...
  12. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004

    I was just giving you a hard time. . . walnut is where it's at :bassist:
  13. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    I'm thinking(slightly gassing)of a neck-through with walnut so I can feel the "growl". Peeping the pics on this thread has intensified the gas somewhat! With a bolt-on the walnut "barks" and I like it. Dingwall's now using walnut for half the body, and softer woods for the other half to even out the response I guess, I can't wait to try one of those. This one is all 'nut though..
  14. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    Man, I love long scale basses. . . especially the response of the B. I've never tried a Dinger, but seeing some posts here and now knowing that the older ones were walnut bodied doesn't help decrease the bloating pain in my abdomen. :rollno: That's a beaut by the way. . .
  15. Classical_Thump


    Jan 26, 2005
    My Carvin is a Claro Walnut top and it's an absolute tone monster
  16. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Here's a picture of the back of my Jerzy... [​IMG]

    It's a somewhat compressed sounding bass, on the dark side, with both clarity and warmth (at the same time!:eek::D)
  17. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    Carvin has some REALLY impressive claro tops! especially the one that was posted recently on the boards... if I find the pic I'll post it.
    EDIT: [​IMG]
    my next custom / carvin bass would probably be walnut!
  18. I think there's still a pic of my wenge topped Conklin 8 on Bill's site, but I love walnut for a body wood when the bass in question is going to be used for an all-around instrument. it's got great fundament and wonderful clarity. I can get bite and roundness out of my tone. perfect!

    from the lows,

  19. M_A_T_T


    Mar 4, 2004
    Here are two I made, but I don't own them anymore. I was told by the owner they have very nice 'growl'.

    The first is oiled claro walnut, the second is stained & lacquered walnut.

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  20. very pretty, M A T T!

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