Re: Different woods Different tones{need advise}

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Posted by Mickster on October 26, 2001 at 08:28:58:

In Reply to: Different woods Different tones{need advise} posted by Mark on October 25, 2001 at 19:21:06:

: I have two different basses one is made of Koa wood which is pretty heavy wood thus, the sound is heavy note: it is neck trough.My second bass I believe is maple with a bolt on of the same.I was wandering what I can expect with basswood body and maple neck? any help will be appreciated THANK YOU

Mark, basswood is similar to alder and poplar. They're a little lighter than maple and thus not as bright. A good precentage of basses with painted finishes are usually alder, basswood or poplar. These woods have a warmer sound than harder woods which are usually brighter. To learn a lot about guitar and bass woods, go to They make aftermarket parts for Fender type basses, and make their own custom stuff. There's a very informative section on body and neck woods, and what their tonal characteristics are. Remember though, the wood is just part of the sound, always play first, then judge the sound.

Hope that helps,

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