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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by I.'.I.'.Nakoa, Aug 15, 2001.

  1. I.'.I.'.Nakoa

    I.'.I.'.Nakoa Guest

    Aug 10, 2000
    Fort Worth.
    i was wondering, do any of you know what kind of tone a maple body, with a padauk top , would give? what are some good wood combinations, and the tones that are associated with each?
  2. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    alder worked fine for jaco.
  3. I.'.I.'.Nakoa

    I.'.I.'.Nakoa Guest

    Aug 10, 2000
    Fort Worth.
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Just because something worked for Jaco doesn't mean it will work for everyone else.

    I'm sure that Jaco would've sounded like Jaco on a Rogue.
  5. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    well of course. there are a variety of tones you get out of even using only one wood. There are a lot of variables to consider. I've never looked into woods. I don't think i'll get a custom bass for a while.
  6. not sure myself on tone vs wood types, but i think www.warmoth.com has some info on woods and the types of tones from them, check it out.
  7. virtual.ray


    Oct 25, 2000
    Who cares what it sounds like as long as it looks exotic and expensive!:D
  8. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    who cares what it looks like if it sounds exotic and expensive?
  9. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    What if you don't want a sound that's exotic and "expensive"? ;)
  10. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Since the Warmoth page doesn't cover padauk - On paper, the maple/padauk combination would sound good, IMO.

    The maple would give solid, articulate lows, and bright, crisp, highs, assuming that we're talking about hard northern maple.

    Padauk is the poor man's rosewood. Some makes have switched to it with the increasing scarcity and price of S. American rosewoods and the demand on E. Indian rosewood. Apparently, it's an acceptable, (not great), substitute for the classic rosewoods. It would make up for the maple's weak points - mids and warmth.

    Here's a link to see one maker's take on various woods. Note his statement at the very top about the subjectivity involved here http://www.melanconforum.com/wood page.htm

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