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Posted by Dave Wood on February 15, 2001 at 01:15:49:
In Reply to: equipment posted by Quinn Lawrence on February 14, 2001 at 22:59:57:
Bubinga is often used in high quality basses and this is my favorite wood along with maple which is also used a lot. Bubinga, used by Warwick, is a very hard and heavy wood. It gives the bass a very pro feel instantly when you pick it up and it balances perfectly. The maple was introduced to the Warwick line to get a softer tone but I wouldn't say bubinga makes a hard tone, it has a more of a crisp on the highs on top of its "midrange growl" as they put it. I didn't mean to sound like a Warwick add, I've just had a lot to do with them recently. The Peavey Cirrus basses are done with the same woods and are at least as good.
A quick word about other woods as well.
Mahogany: Common on guitars NOT on basses, a lot lighter wood than maple.
Ovankol: Maybe hardest of them all. Used a lot on necks/fingerboards on high quality basses.
Wenge: As hard as Ovankol, also used on necks/fingerboards. Some say it feels like playing a coffee table but I wouldn't agree with that. I don't like it as the body wood though.
Birch: the wood is a joke! But used on some basses.
Dave Wood (that's just me)
: Hi, I am a trumpet player who just started playing bass. I know that equipment is
: a factor that everybody faces at any level. I was wondering when I decide to buy
: that special bass, what kind of woods should I check out? Also, I would like to
: know the differences between the woods as far as sound and etc. is concerned?
: I go to different websites and they just talk about where the woods came from
: instead of what they'll actually do for a player. Help?
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