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What kind of wood?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by funkedupbass, May 18, 2005.

  1. I'm ordering a new bass and wondering which kind of woods to get?
    I'm thinking about a flame maple top, ebony fingerboard, maple neck and mahogany body? What will this sound like and would the flame maple top overpower the mahogony body?
    Any other advice or suggestion are appreciated.
  2. JimS

    JimS Supporting Member

    Maple top will add brightness but to a minimal degree depending on thickness of maple and the mahogany body. Most maple caps are 3/8" thick or so: not a major affect IMHO.

    Many luthier websites talk about the affect wood has on tone.

    Have fun.
  3. thanks
  4. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    So many variables. . . what kind of tone are you going for? What kind of music do you play - live, studio, or both? What kind of pickups/preamp are you going to have? Oh yeah, who's the builder?

    Also, I'd have to agree with Jim's assessment of the maple top. In most cases it will just add a bit of "sheen" to the tone, maybe some snap for popping.
  5. Carvin is going to make it, mostly play rock, some funk. Dimarzio J pickups, passive. The modulus is active and a passive is required for balance.