warwick bass wood types Ovangkol Vs Bubinga

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by grogsi, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. grogsi


    Oct 2, 2005
    thinking of getting a warwick corvette double buck 5 string with either a ovangkol or bubinga body because i like the look

    is there any difference to sound quality? or is it all just in looks?

    thanks for your help
  2. Daywalker


    Apr 13, 2005
    A bubinga corvete? Wow, I bet that would sound great. How much of an upcharge is that?
  3. AmPb100


    Apr 25, 2005
    They are very similar woods. The ovankgol has less aggressive tone which is a tad warmer with a very full bottom end..

    The bubinga is slightly denser so it really has a low mid-range growl with a nice twang in the upper mid range, and a full bottom end as well.
  4. bannedwit


    May 9, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    A lot of the Corvettes I have been seeing have bubinga...
    An Ovankgol one would be sweet though.

    Corvettes are good for all around playing, if you are more of a slapper and stuff like that then i would suggest getting a thumb.

    Like written above...
    Ovangol has more of an organic sound, low end and a really chunky sound.

    Bubinga is more dense and will give you that all around natural EQ kind of sound. Little less low end.

    Afrezalia, in streamer stage 2's and a couple others is even more dense and is a real polished sound! it sounds massive, great acoustic properties and screams with any pickups installed.

    Check out this site. it has some custom shop Warwicks:
    Custom Shop Warwicks
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  5. Didn't know about those differences in sounds... I can say that a Thumb 4 bolt on has less deep lowend than a Corvette standard. I owned both. The Thumb is for sale btw.
  6. Halftooth

    Halftooth Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Tri-Valley, NorCal
    The densities of the two woods are extremely similar, so tonally they should be pretty close. Some have said that the Ovangkol will have a more mellow or less aggressive tone, but my experiences haven't substantiated this.
  7. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Swamp ash is nice: bright and punchy tone, and it's light! Though it dents easily, especially with an oil finish.
    Getting a bubinga body for the $$ is custom, and it will not be cheap. Tone: full bottom, growly low-mids, compressed high-mids and lower-treble. However, it's heavy.
  8. Yes it's heavy but the beautiful looks of this bodywood make worth a lot!!