#1
Hey guys, i recently bought a Artist P-Bass and was wondering if Basswood was a good wood for bass.

Thanks
#2
define 'good'

theres an amazing difference between high and low grade basswood.
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Hey guys, i recently bought a Artist P-Bass and was wondering if Basswood was a good wood for bass.

Thanks


Basswood is completely character free, you won't sound darker (like mahogany) or brighter (like maple), not necessarily bad though. After all, Musicman Bongos use basswood.

One major problem is looks, don't get a clear finish on basswood.
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One major problem is looks, don't get a clear finish on basswood.


This.


Meh. In general, 99% of the people listening will not be able to notice any difference if you play a set with basses of different wood types (assuming everything else is the same).

I like Ash and Walnut, personally.
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#6
I'm an ash guy, it makes your strings sound a little fresher.

but basswood is a fine wood, many very excellent basses are made with the stuff.

but like mentioned dont clearcoat it.

particle board has similar amounts of wood grain. bleh.
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#7
so basswood is kinda like a neutral wood if you get what i mean? it's a reliable wood. Also will it dent easy because i heard it's really soft.
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so basswood is kinda like a neutral wood if you get what i mean? it's a reliable wood. Also will it dent easy because i heard it's really soft.


If you're clumsy enough to break through the finish then you deserve a dent.

Yes it will dent VERY easily which is why you should make sure the finish is strong. I have had a basswood bass and a basswood guitar, the bass (a Squier Deluxe Jazz V, I would kill to get it back) had a nice thick finish so dents were never a problem. The guitar (a Westcoast Telecaster) had a finish so soft and weak that I could dent it by looking at it.

The softness of the wood really shouldn't affect your purchase, unless is pine. That shit's nasty.
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Ash is a great wood. I have swamp ash on my ESP B-206SM.
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#10
I think the biggest problem w/ basswood is the fact that the wood is lighter. If you have a chunky neck, your bass might have neck dive problems. Also, since the wood is softer the screws on the input jack can easily strip the wood(happened to my bass.)
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I think the biggest problem w/ basswood is the fact that the wood is lighter. If you have a chunky neck, your bass might have neck dive problems. Also, since the wood is softer the screws on the input jack can easily strip the wood(happened to my bass.)


I've actually heard it make a really good guitar for this very reason, mostly because you can stand up and play a 30 minute to hour long set without really getting tired.
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I've actually heard it make a really good guitar for this very reason, mostly because you can stand up and play a 30 minute to hour long set without really getting tired.



A lot more higher end bass use alder or ash, and it definitely didn't deter people using it for live stage because it's heavier. Plus, majority of the bass aren't so heavy that you can't play long periods of time. If a bass is indeed a tad bit too heavy, you can always use a thicker strap to distribute the weight.
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A lot more higher end bass use alder or ash, and it definitely didn't deter people using it for live stage because it's heavier. Plus, majority of the bass aren't so heavy that you can't play long periods of time. If a bass is indeed a tad bit too heavy, you can always use a thicker strap to distribute the weight.


or grow some balls
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#14
LOL.

Basswood is lighter than most woods though it's a lightweight in tone if like your bass to color the tone a bit.
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