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Wood type

Characteristics of wood commonly used for electric bass

ASH

ASH

Body material

A broadleaf tree that grows throughout North America. The most common wood for electric bass bodies. It is durable and highly processable, and has a thick, fine grain and well-defined sound.

ALDER

ALDER

Body material

Hardwood; reddish thin trees that grow in the the Pacific Northwest of North America and in Europe. A relatively light and soft wood with a stronger mid-range sound than ash.

MAHOGANY

MAHOGANY

Body material / neck material

A broadleaf tree that grows in Central America and South America. A reddish wood that is excellent in sound transmission speed. It has a wide range and rich harmonic sound. It is used not only as a body material but also as a neck material.

BASSWOOD

BASSWOOD

Body material

A broadleaf tree that grows in the eastern United States and North America. Milky-white wood, light in weight. It features a tone that sounds good and has no hump.

MAPLE

MAPLE

Body material, neck material, fingerboard

A broadleaf tree of the maple family that grows in North America. Speaking of electric bass neck material, Maple is common. Since it has sufficient strength and a light gray to white wood, it has become a staple wood as neck material and fingerboard material. In addition, it is also diversified as the top material of the body because it has excellent vibration transmission and has a beautiful wood grain.

ROSEWOOD

ROSEWOOD

Fingerboard

A broadleaf tree of leguminous species from the South Sea countries. A dark brown wood that is most often used as a fingerboard. Hard wood and durable, feels good, and has the property of absorbing sweat, so it is the best wood for fingerboards. In terms of tone, it has a strong attack.

EBONY

EBONY

Fingerboard

A broadleaf tree of the Kakinoki family that grows in Indonesia, Southeast Asia and Africa. Famous for being used in classic guitars and acoustic guitars as high-end fingerboards. It is also used for the fingerboard on some electric basses. It is a black wood with excellent hardness and durability. Characterized by a crisp tone. As it is weak and fragile when dry, maintenance with lemon oil and orange oil is necessary in dry season.


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