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What to pair with maple for a neck wood.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Linas, Apr 10, 2006.


  1. Linas

    Linas

    Jan 6, 2005
    Chicago
    Hi, im currently choosing the wood im going to be using in building my first bass. For the body im going to use black limba, and i am going have a neck thru. It is going to be a 3 piece neck. The wood that will be used as the skunk stripe will also be used for 1/4" neck to body wing transitions on each side of the neck. Does anybody have any suggestions for a nice wood pairing for a neck and black limba. I would go wenge, but i already have a wenge and maple necked bass. So lets hear what you guys would pair it with.
     
  2. Greenman

    Greenman

    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    How about walnut?
     
  3. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    I'm not a big fan of wenge for neck materials - except for fretboards. I just don't like how it feels in my hand when playing ... kinda like it's about to break out in a rash from poison ivy, ya know - it's just too 'rough' for my taste

    you have several choices that will work well:

    rosewood - depending on the limba, this could look nice and mellow the tone somewhat

    purpleheart - definitely will add to a solid neck structure, but may be a little bright with the limba and maple

    walnut - this would probably be my recommendation, and the coloring should match well with both woods, plus it'll remove some of the brittleness and pingyness from your other wood choices

    there are more for sure, but these would be the more common woods to consider

    I'd say a lot depends on how you plan to finish the neck and what you plan to use for a fretboard/fingerboard
     
  4. Scott French

    Scott French Dude

    May 12, 2004
    Grass Valley, CA
    I think I'd use pau ferro.
     
  5. Linas

    Linas

    Jan 6, 2005
    Chicago
    Ok, i tweaked the post a bit. Now im open to any combo neck wood suggestions that work well with black limba. Its going to be an oil finish, with a pao ferro fretboard. Yeah, i deff. dont want too bright of a bass. But not dark sounding either. My current bass is maple wings with wenge and maple neck thru and its too bright for my liking.
     
  6. jim1457

    jim1457

    Mar 29, 2006
    Honolulu Hawaii
    What about Mahogany? It's supposed to be warmer than Maple, etc.

    These 2 are Maple, curly Koa, and Purple Heart.
     

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  7. Ron Joseph

    Ron Joseph

    Mar 22, 2006
    How about Bloodwood or Honduran Rosewood or both.
     
  8. Linas

    Linas

    Jan 6, 2005
    Chicago
    What do you guys think of the combo of 2 strips of Goncalo Alves, with a bloodwood skunkstripe? What kind of tone would this combo have?
     
  9. Scott French

    Scott French Dude

    May 12, 2004
    Grass Valley, CA
    Scrunky (with heavy highend)
     
  10. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    just one thought comes to mind - H-E-A-V-Y

    all the best,

    R
     
  11. Looks for some cherry, black cherry if you can find it.

    lowsound
     
  12. mkrtu9

    mkrtu9 Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    Tuscola
    has anyone ever combined oak into a bass neck?
     
  13. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Yeah, oak is an often overlooked neck material. It's been used in Sweden for lots of instruments over the years. Handmade, that is.

    Oak or black walnut sides, and some light center strip (maple, birch, beech,...) would be my choice. Well, for the construction you line out, anyway...:scowl:
     
  14. mahrous

    mahrous

    Aug 13, 2005
    Egypt
    yeah i have used oak for a neck before (just because i didnt have maple at that time hehe)

    its a good wood. not the best and not my favorite. not planning on using it again unless id ont have other options
     

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