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At Anaconda Basses, we believe that a bass should not only sound great, but look great.  We seek out the best available timbers to use in my basses.  Our experience has led us to select a few timbers which we believe offer the best overall balanced tone.  We use primarily tried and tested tonewoods.  Swamp Ash, Alder, American Black Walnut.  However we also use lesser known but equally effective timbers such as Utile, Tulipwood and Idigbo, with excellent results.

 

This combination of tonewoods gives Anaconda Basses their very distinctive, balanced, punchy tone that cuts through any mix.

The wood behind the tone

Body timber options

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Swamp Ash:

This timber is a light to medium-light tonewood which is prized for it's excellent tonal properties.  This is an excellent timber choice to match with any top or can be used on it's own, as the prominent grain can be very pleasing when finished in clear Matt, Satin or Gloss Lacquer.  We do not recommend oil finishing this timber. (see sample bass).

 

Tone: Punchy, strong mids and a nice top end which is not too bright.  The bottom end is clear and articulate.

Alder:

This timber is light to medium-light in weight.  It is a light orangy/brown colour with a straight grain.  This is an excellent versatile tonewood.  Alder has been extensively used on many classic instruments. If the entire body is Alder, we recommend finishing it in a solid colour.  If the bass has a top, we recommend  finishing it in clear satin or gloss Lacquer (see sample bass).

 

Tone: The bottom end is full and weighty with good low mid presence.  Sweet, clear top end.

American Black Walnut:

This timber is light to medium-light in weight.  It is a light orangy/brown colour with a straight grain.  This is an excellent versatile tonewood and looks stunning.

 

If the entire body is American Black Walnut or if it has a top, it can be finished in Oil, clear matt, satin or gloss Lacquer (see sample bass).

 

Tone: The bottom end is full and weighty with good low mid presence.  Top end is clear and articulate.

Tulipwood a.k.a American Poplar:

This timber is light to medium-light in weight.  It is a pale creamy colour quite often with light green streaks in it.  As this timber is quite soft, we recommend only using it with solid colour finishes. (see sample bass).

 

Tone: It has a lovely balanced bass, mid and treble response and is similar tonally to Swamp Ash with perhaps a bit more weight in the bottom end.

Idigbo:

This timber is medium/heavy to heavy in weight.  It is a pale yellow to light brown in colour with a straight grain which sometimes resembles plain Oak.

 

We recommend  coupling this with a Maple or Walnut top.  If the bass has a top, we recommend  finishing it in Oil, clear matt, satin or gloss Lacquer (see sample bass).

 

Tone: The bottom end is tight and punchy. Excellent upper-mid and bright treble response.

Utile:

This timber is medium/light in weight.  It is a reddish brown colour with a straight even grain.  We recommend  coupling this with a Maple or Walnut top to enhance clarity and articulate in the top end.  We also recommend finishing it in clear satin or gloss Lacquer to enhance the grain.

 

Tone: This timber sounds similar to Alder with a full bottom end, with excellent mid and treble presence.