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Posted by Marcus Johnson on December 06, 2001 at 10:27:53:
In Reply to: Re: wood-making bass posted by Bob Gollihur on December 05, 2001 at 19:50:49:
: : Hi, my buddy is trying to find some wood for making an acoustic bass. Any
: : suggestions? Pear wood, spruce??kind??, up in the New England area. Thanks
: If you are speaking of a double bass (upright bass), the traditional woods are spruce for the top, maple for the sides and back. Other woods can be employed, of course, but the basic nature of each should be considered when making a selection.
He should go to the Musical Instrument Makers Forum online. They are very helpful; I asked the same question there a few months ago. They archive all the submissions, so the info is probably still there. There are a few suppliers of bass tonewoods; most are located in the Pacific Northwest. Some of the violin supply houses list bass woods, mostly on a special order basis. Try International Violin Co. A Google search on tonewoods should yield results. Also, there's a guy named Leif Luscombe in Ontario who sells woods; you can link to him thru Bob Gollihur's website.
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