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Re: Any suggestions for woods?? Im BUILDING my OWN BASS!!!

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Posted by Mickster on March 06, 2001 at 16:58:47:

In Reply to: Any suggestions for woods?? Im BUILDING my OWN BASS!!! posted by ROB on March 06, 2001 at 16:01:14:

: Im soon to be in the process of custom building my own bass(obviously my first time :0), to MY OWN Specs, but im looking for any ideas on selected body woods, there are some places like you can just buy it by the block. Does anyone have any experience in this field? Any suggestions? Sites to check out? Pickups, electronics etc, reasonable but not Cheap!!

: Any imput would be greatly appreciated>>
: Im concidering bolt on, this will make the process simplified>>

: thanx in advance,
: peace and chicken grease,
: Rob

Rob, if you're thinking of building your own bass, I say go for it! As for the
woods, that's very subjective, but, I'd say you can't go wrong with alder. It's
got a nice warm sound and not too much sustain. I personally don't like an excessive amount of sustain, but, that's just me. Go to They
have a great section about different woods and their sound qualities. As for pickups, again this is up to you. Passives will be much less of a headache as far as batteries are concerned, but, actives do have two main advantages: Low/no noise and instant onboard tone control. Bartolinis seem to be very high
on the quality list. If you install J-type pups you can always change to another brand if you don't like the ones you installed originally. I like the
bolt on neck too... you can always change to a different wood; or even go fretless!

Go for it, and Good Luck!

P.S. Give the pickups a lot of thought.

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