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wood choices

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by braz_b2, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. braz_b2


    Mar 17, 2009
    im starting a build this summer. The question is.. what's a dark wood that would be good for the body.. Rose wood? also i prefer something thats not gonna break my wallet. something real dark.. maybe even red

  2. try Google and sites like lmii, Warmoth.. really, you could find a lot out on the internet and you learn something of it too! Also, you get to see a lot of basses, which gives you inspiration on shapes, materials, woods etc.. etc...

    And a nice dark body wood? Wengé! (But you might use it as a top only, because its weight).
  3. Walnut perhaps...? It's going in my single cut bass, the body is Alder and walnut, with a buckeye burl top (if i can get it) or Flamed maple.
  4. Jimmy Bones

    Jimmy Bones

    Feb 24, 2009
    Baxley, GA
    I'd say go for a cheap body tonewood, then just pop a nice veneer on it.

    Koa, cocobolo, something like that.
  5. vbasscustom


    Sep 8, 2008
    well, ash and a nice walnut top is always appreciated. and is damn fine too.
  6. Mahoganey is a fine wood with great tone and is pretty dark but no grain.
  7. braz_b2


    Mar 17, 2009
    I want a really warm tone.. i looked at warmoth.com and it said that rosewood has a real warm tone.. would it be too heavy thought?
  8. mark roberts

    mark roberts Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    for body woods...warm tone = mahogany
    alder is good, too.
    Also, how the wood is finished will affect tone. You seal it up with a thick, glass-like finish...you may have just eliminated the tone-value. Consider picking the "right" wood for you, then doing an oil-wax or oil-varnish finish. The influence of the the tone-wood may come through a bit more.
    Rosewood has a warm tone for fret/fingerboards. That is a good choice.
    Talk to builders, they have a lot of experience in this area.
  9. braz_b2


    Mar 17, 2009
  10. braz_b2


    Mar 17, 2009
    also.. though its off topic of this thread... what would a good set of pickups that would go with the warm tone of the body.
  11. Hi bb2,

    Those rosewood tele's have a reputation for being heavy. And rosewood is not cheap.

    As a further thought....

    Veneer is one way to go. Or ash with a good dye job, perhaps. Or rosewood. It should be pretty.


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