Wenge neck

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by treebranch13, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. treebranch13


    Oct 31, 2007
    I was looking through the archives and different sites about neck woods and one of the archive forums a guy said that wenge has no natural low end. Is that true? anyone with wenge neck and/or body, what is the sound like?
    if it does lack naturale low end it i laminate it with bubinga would that help?
  2. It enhances the mid-hump®
  3. treebranch13


    Oct 31, 2007
    A-G or what notes and how much? what about lows and highs?
  4. yes.
  5. treebranch13


    Oct 31, 2007
    haha. sorry, i am asking a lot, i know. Any information is helpful.
  6. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    My buddy has a Warwock Corvette Standard from when they were still doing all wenge necks and fingerboards... it sounds great across the spectrum. Fat bottom, with rounded (but not harsh) highs, if you will...

    That's with passive MEC jazz bass pickups...
  7. A lot of nice basses have wenge necks. I'd put "no natural low end" in there with "keep ironwood away from your pickups because it'll mess them up" in the "huh?" category. I'll be gigging tonight with a wenge neck bass and my amps eq is set pretty much flat across the board. Of course, my low end may be unnatural. Wouldn't surprise me, really.
    btw my impression is that when the term "mid-hump" shows up here it's usually a sign not to take the post real seriously, especially when it's accompanied by the little r in a circle that I'm too lazy to go back and figure out how to put in. I've always assumed they're making fun of an old girl friend of mine, but maybe I'm being overly sensitive.
  8. ®



    Wood and tone are very subjective. The best set it to get play a bass and see if you can hear and/or like a certain wood "sound".
  9. I counter-acted the mid-hump™ with a mahogany body on my Fenderbird™.... so now it's a low-low-mids hump. Plenty of bottom, but it burps. :smug:

    Seriousl, that is a myth. Its density will bring out pronounced mids, but it ain't just the neck creating the lows.
  10. Thumb's were made out of wenge/wenge necks and bubinga body, but i think the secret of thumb's growl hides in the pickups placement. but thats imho
    Go wenge/wenge neck and bubinga body and u will definitely enjoy the sound.
    I love wenge, feels great and when oiled is very lovely to touch. ;)
  11. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses
    wenge is a total pain in the arse to work IMHO.
  12. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    I don't care for working with wenge, but I absolutely *love* how it looks and feels, either unfinished or waxed...

    Here is how it started

    Here it is with just sanding up through 12,000 Micromesh, and some Briwax

    I *do* so love the way it looks and feels. Not so fond of the splinters, though...