Re: Different woods Different tones{need advise}

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Posted by BassLand on October 26, 2001 at 10:28:32:

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

Hi Mark,

This is a subject of which I have some knowledge. I worked at Tobias Guitars under Mike Tobias and concepts of grading wood for sound was a hallmark of what we did at Tobias. In short what you are askign is not that simple. Yes, neck-through vs bolt-on and different body/neck wood compositions is very inportant but, equally important is the shape of the instrument, how many pieces make up the body, they way the neck is laminated, how many lamination. In case we are talking bolt on, Does it use traditional fender style connection between body and neck? If I knew you prospective instrument looked like a Fender I would have some basic information to form an educated guess as to how the body wood and neck contruction will affect the sound. But, that is only part of the info I would need. If you have a new body shape to which I am not accustomed, I would be less likely to predict the degree of how the other factors affect the resultant sound.

I see a lot of speculation as to how bodywoods affect sound these days. Back in the 80's we were amongs the very few that even had so many wood combination much less categorizing woods to the sound made when we make an instrument out it. I have said all of this to give you my insights into what may be a little more complicated process. This probably has not helped a whole lot, for which I appologize but, It may give you some insight in how it is done. Good luck on your quest!


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