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Discussion in 'Bass Central' started by Optofonik, Aug 27, 2015.
Ibanez uses hard/rock maple in the necks, and soft (still relatively hard) maple in the wings (for the lighter weight?) AFAIK.
Thanks. I'm under the impression that soft maple bodies are not favored by some/many. After a bit more research I found that the body's top is bubinga for whatever that's worth.
Part of the reason some don't use 'soft' maple for wings or body is that it's usually heavy and still almost as hard as 'hard' maple- makes it brighter than mahogany or basswood for example, IMO. Not to get the tone-woods thing going here...
Godin uses rock 'hard' maple for the necks and 'soft' silver maple for the wings on many of their solid-body basses.
Maple (even 'soft') is harder on cutting tools, so that's another reason mass producers don't often use it.
Maple stains and splints easily so it's rarely used raw. The bubinga top acts like a visually attractive protection.
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