What's your favorite wood for the body of the bass and why?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fleabass89, Mar 31, 2001.

  1. Ash

    70 vote(s)
  2. Cherry

    3 vote(s)
  3. Mahogany

    32 vote(s)
  4. Maple

    44 vote(s)
  5. Red Oak

    1 vote(s)
  6. Walnut

    11 vote(s)
  7. Poplar

    9 vote(s)
  8. Padauk

    2 vote(s)
  9. Basswood

    8 vote(s)
  10. Other (Specify)

    61 vote(s)
  1. Just wondering why you like a certain wood. Looks? Sound? Weight?
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Maple is my first choice, just sounds right to me. Bright, clear and has great lows too.

    2nd and 3rd would be solid alder and swamp ash with an exotic top, they both have a little mellower sound to them, and are lighter than maple.
  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Most of my basses are ash or swamp ash, but I like alder just as much.
  4. MJB


    Mar 17, 2000
    2 alder, 1 maple, 1 mahogany, I guess I really don't have a favorite.
  5. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Bluegum! :rolleyes:

    • Semi-unique (in the U.S. of A anyways)
    • Deep, golden-honey color (with a good oil finish)
    • Between Alder and Maple for density ∴ tone

    • BIG. One-piece tops (none o' that bookmatch stuff :p )
       Big enough fer a double?...hope so!


      ( closeup )
  6. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    My favorite wood is swamp ash. light weight, deep low, lots of high.
  7. Alder has got to be the most common bass body wood....it's also my favourite...why not in the poll? what is padauk?
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    This is Padauk, Andy.


    For slapping, my favorite is probably Swamp Ash. For fretless or composite necks, Maple.
  9. dblbassted


    Mar 21, 2001
    Memphis, Tn.
    Depends on the tone I want. My MTDs are poplar bodied. These have a mellow, trad-type of tone.
    If I want buttloads of mids, I prefer walnut or bubinga (my Cirrus is walnut/bubinga). For slap, nothing beats (for me) ash with maple/maple necks.
    A little bit of air and a formica top works quite well, too. see below.....
  10. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    Good to see you here Ted.
  11. Kenace14


    Dec 16, 2000
    I prefer the man-made luthite of the Ibanez EDB basses. It is light, durable, and the sound is very full. Otherwise, I like Mahogany
  12. I voted for Ash because I have two basses made from Swamp Ash with Maple tops. Sadowsky and Anniversary Stingray.

    Neither are too heavy, and have the best and sound out of all the basses I have ever owned.

    What is the difference between Ash and Swamp Ash?
  13. the difference between Swamp Ash and conventional ash is density- lightweight swamp ash is more resonant and has a snappier, almost "acoustic" sound, whereas heavy ash resonates less and has more sustain.

    swamp ash dents more easily than heavy ash. (not a factor to consider for most people though...)
  14. Thanks for the info.

  15. badboris


    Dec 26, 2000
    Alder. not too heavy, good sustain, lows and mids, brighter than mahogany. with an all maple neck thats the ticket.
  16. Mahogany. Chocolatey-dark sounding. Very easy on the back. Some like it capped with thin slices of decorative woods. Me, I don't want the extra glue.
  17. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Mahogany,,,Cherry,,,Basswood,,,Swamp ash,,,,
    I voted "other", just to point at some - other:
    Not very often used, but definately underestimated!
  18. Old Blue

    Old Blue

    Mar 18, 2000
    What - no alder? What kind of poll is this?
  19. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    Ovankol for body and neck, wenge for finger board. You'd never guess I have have a warwick would you ;)
  20. You're right, old blue, alder is pretty amazing stuff, and it shows nice, clear differences between rosewood slab, rosewood veneer, and maple fretboards. OK, that's my bolt-on favorite and mahogany is my through-neck favorite.