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what wood should i use?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sleepwhatsthat, May 27, 2004.

  1. sleepwhatsthat


    May 27, 2004
    now that summer is here, i'm going to attempt to build my own bass from scratch. But i'm not sure what wood to use for the body. I want to build a jazz bass, very similar sounding to Fender Jazz basses. I'm thinking i should use mahogany or korina, anyone have some suggestions?
  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I prefer the look and tone of Ash.
  3. BoiNtC


    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    For a more "Fendery" sound I'd think you'd have to go Alder or Ash, but personally I prefer Korina.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    +1 :bassist:
  5. Funkize you

    Funkize you Guest

    Nov 4, 2003
    Westminster Ca.
    Ohh, Nice Ash! :rollno:

    Id say Ash body, with 5 piece neck, Wenge/Maple/Wenge/Maple/Wenge, and a Birds Eye maple Fretboard.

    And Matching THG Knobs...

  6. rusty


    Mar 29, 2004
    If you want a traditional Fender tone, then you might wanna use alder - it helps that it's one of the cheaper woods as well :)

    Preference wise, I'd go with korina - If I had the time/resources next summer, I'd build one in korina :D

    Jazz wise, you might want to stick with alder or swamp ash.
  7. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Saw this site in another thread yesterday... good resource


    As for jazzy, since most Jazzes are Alder, maybe an Alder body/Maple top will do... Figured maple, if you wanna be fancy ;)

    Ash has more bite but is more harsh

    Wenge in the neck would add growl
  8. Frijoles Negros

    Frijoles Negros

    Mar 21, 2004
    This is just what I was looking for.

    How do these people account for the wide variety of within the same species of wood? Mechanical/pysical properties of wood comprise about 1/4 of my thesis and Im always astounded by the variation.

    Heres a better site for mechanical properties
    PDF Link

    Note- While the properties for the domestic species are solid - as in the experiments are consistent - the imported wood figures come from the literature. The testing methods here are not going to be the same, and therefore, the figures arent going to be as comparative and possibly accurate as the domestic figures for the mechanical properties.