#1
I am building an electric bass guitar, and I want to use the best wood that I possibly can. I'm willing to spend a lot of money. What kind of wood produces the best raw bass sound (for lack of a better term)? Thanks!
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I think you should go to the Amazon, cut down a tree and make one guitar out of it, then burn the rest.

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#9
Yeah I'm thinking exotic might be cool. I don't know much about woods though. You have to start somewhere.
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just go chop down some random tree
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#13
i helped build one that had a bubinga body and zebrawood top once. some of those exotic woods are really nice tonally.

lol how bout palm
#16
Mahogany is nice, but i'm guessing expensive, not as expensive as some of the more exotic woods but still
#17
Looking at Warmoth, I had an idea. Its probably stupid though...well, here it goes.

What if you had an entirely wenge bass. It can be used for everything, so why not just have the whole instrument be just one piece of wenge? Or would that sustain like ass and generally not be good?
#19
hmmm aussie hard woods would be an interesting experiment i wonder how an aussie red wood would b lol heavy as hell lol
#21
Or try a maple/alder and purpleheart combination.
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#22
Bubinga is great for a bit of growl, as is Wenge and Ovangkol.

Warmth, you're looking at dense tonewoods, like Mahogany, Walnut and Rosewood.

For brightness, Swamp Ash, Alder, and Maple. That sorta thing.
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Bubinga is great for a bit of growl, as is Wenge and Ovangkol.



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Ancient chinese oak.
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Ancient chinese oak.

I was going to build a bass out of red oak, but I figured I didn't have the skills and got a cheap kit. now I'm gonna make the bass out of bubinga.

anyways, my favorite woods are:

ash, alder, mahogany and bubinga, but wenge, and basswood are good as well. (I mention basswood on the fact that it is very cheap, and bassey, almost muddy, cheaper guitars tend to be made out of basswood and some basses, but not many. if you are willing to spend money though, don't think about it.)
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#26
Use a quilted or burl maple top over a bubinga body. It's a beautiful combination. Plain walnut and bubinga are also nice. Another combo that's slightly rare but seems to work well is cocobolo top and back with a maple core, i.e. Alembic style.
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#30
I've always liked both alder & maple, also if you are willing to spend money i would recomend doing the fret bored in rosewood but in the end its all up to personal preference!
also if you could find one big enough and you are planing on leaving a natural finish use a burl for the body; but like i said hard to find & expensive! plus i'm not sure what it would be like sound wise, but it would look nice!
#31
use morning wood!!!

haha but my bass is ash i think and i love it

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And you should get Michaelangelo to paint it, not that guitar noob, I mean like that guy who like painted jesus on that ceiling. You should also make your fretboard out of your own homegrown tree.

Just my $0.02.

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Don't forget that to get a good tone out of it, you need vintage 40s amps made by some guy named Ghandi in India.
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What sound are you looking for?
I would probably use mahogany simply because I like a darker tone. If you're making a 5 string I would use Mahogany or a warmer toned wood to give that Low B a nice solid sound. Use a wenge Bubinga neck with for an orgasmic sound.
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