#1
what woods are heavy and what ones are light?
(for a bass body to be made from obv)

I was looking at a Marcus Miller signature and apparently its heavy
It has an Ash body by the way.

I have no idea what mine is made from at the moment to be honest,
I tried looking it up but it just said "basswood" correct me if im wrong, but theres no such tree as a Bass Tree is there? lol
#2
There is basswood, but it's crap. Sorry but that's as much as I can contribute
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#3
Ash can be hefty in weight. Alder sounds pretty similar to Ash, and is lighter. Basswood is light, but many people (including myself) don't like the sound of it.
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#4
thanks, I might have to try out some different types next time I go to the music shop to see what the weight difference is.

and Im gonna try to stay clear of basswood from now on lol
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#5
Don't get me wrong, you should try a basswood body to see if you like the tone, but some people prefer other woods. It's worth a try to see if it's for you.
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Don't get me wrong, you should try a basswood body to see if you like the tone, but some people prefer other woods. It's worth a try to see if it's for you.


My current bass has a basswood body, I dont mind it, but its not exactly good either.
It'll get me by for now I guess. Juts till I have the money for a decent bass
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#7
There's a difference between basswood harvested in a forest next to a chinese *****house and basswood harvested in an American forest, just so you guys know. Bongos and EBMM John Petrucci guitars both use basswood, and I'd take them over just over most other companies more "ideal" tone woods.

And all woods can vary in weight. Hard ash is generally heavy, as is mahogany, while alder and swamp ash are generally light.
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#9
Alder and Basswood are generally light. Ash is pretty light. Mahogany is somewhere inthe middle, and Maple or Bubinga are generally fairly heavy.

But the weight of wood REALLY depends on the cut of wood, the age of the tree, all of that business. So, you could buy a bass with the lightest wood, and get a bass just as heavy as a Warwick. Its hard to tell the weight of a bass made out of pure wood until you've picked it up.

If you're looking for a new bass and are interested in the wood, the estimated weight that most companies give you is going to be closer than a judge of types of wood.

Same goes for tone. Its hard to tell until you play the bass. Generally, heavier wood gives you a brighter tone, and lighter wood is a little softer.


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#10
^ It's strange, though. My '51 Precision RI is ash, and it weighs about 16lbs. But newer RI's are literally half the weight.
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#11
I guess they found ways to slim down weight over the past 56 years hahaha. it wouldn't surprise me in the least bit!

I mean, back then they were just happy to stop lugging around those bulky uprights! 8 pound basses were still nothing but fantasy...


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#12
Well, mine's an RI (reissue) from 1990 and it's 16lbs. The current ones are under 10 easy. Strange...
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ya i'm gonna throw this in this thread cuz i'm curious(and it's on topic)...what are peoples opinions of agathis?
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