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Carolena wood ??

Discussion in 'Maddrakkett's Caffe' started by ThirdthumB, Apr 6, 2008.

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    Does anyone have information about Carolena ?? It is used for the Rockbass Streamer, and the discontinued Warwick Streamer Standard, but I can't find any information about this wood on the internet..............Latin name, density, strength ?? Cheers. :D
     
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    I don't know any technicalities but I heard a Rockbass Streamer a while back, and it surprised me immensely. Beats Alder in my book.
     
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    I don't know what the tonal qualities are supposed to be either, but it seems to really catching on in the music world. I've seen some acoustics made from it. and I know Traben is making basses out of it.
     
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    Carolena sounds similar to maple.
     
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    The carolena on my Streamer Standard looked a whole lot like pine. I loved the sound of it, which was verrrrry mellllow, the opposite of what I find I'm getting from maple, and I've got a variety of maple basses.

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    I've seen somewhere carolena gives a bit compressed tone.
     
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    Indeed,

    a verrrrrry melllllow sound is also my experience with the Rockbass Streamer Standard...... 8)
     
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    Even tho it was [presumably] German built, in a lotta ways the Streamer Std coulda been the pioneer of the Rock Bass. IIRC it also had a regular maple bolt-on neck, not the dark exotic wood neck of a mainstream Wick. And it had a 15mm Gotoh bridge as well, like right offan Ibnez .....

    The most Wickie thing about it was you hadda wax it.

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    Yeah,

    and it dents easily too, for that authentic Warwick mojo. 8)
     
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    Yeah I would think it sounds like pine also. A lot of acoustics are made from Spruce and pine and such.
     
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    I have a Bass Player Magazine from 2000 and in the back cover it advertises for the Streamer Std. It says they have Carolena bodies and Ovangkol necks, not maple. Perhaps they went to maple right before they discontinued the budget line (that's what the ad called it) and switched it over to RockBass...

    I called Tyler at Dana B. Goods today and found out my Streamer Std. was an early LTD EDITION from 2000. The neck had to be swapped out, but Tyler told me it had an Ovangkol neck with Wenge board originally, so that's why the replacement is also Ovangkol.

    The bridge has always been a one-piece, but early Thumbs also had a one-piece that was a Shaller or Gotoh. Perhaps they used one of those from old stock...
     
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    My 99 STD like ALL STD's has an ovangkol neck with wenge board. It has a coloured oil finish, and doesn't have the disgusting Strat jack the RB has. And the roundover on the body is much nicer.
     
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    I could be misremembering about the neck being maple. It was a while ago. Despite the cheapo bridge and body that dents like styrofoam, I did love the sound. My first and latest Wicks, Streamer Std and FNA JazzMan, are the only 5-string Wicks I ever tried. A few years ago, I found I just wasn't ready for the narrow spacing. Lately, I've found out I'm still not ready, and at this point can now say I never will be ready for the 15mm spacing of Warwick's std 5-strings. So I think they will be the only standard 5-string Wicks I ever tried.

    Except for the spacing, the Streamer Std would still be with me. It was a high quality great sounding affordable bass.

    So, does anyone know, is carolena an evergreen ? Sure feels like it, and looks like it, too, with that wide, low contrast grain pattern.

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    We still don't know anything about Carolena being a tree and stuff.............
     
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    I thought 5 strings warwick had 16.5mm spacing?
     
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    Are you sure ?? I checked the site, and the body of their basses are made from Basswood or Paulownia........ :roll:

    Yes. 8)
     
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    4 string=19mm
    5 string=16.5mm
    5 & 6 string broadneck=20mm.
     
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    You're right it was Paulina. Dammit now I can't remember what company I was looking at then. :roll:
     
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    Think !!!! C'monnnnnnn !!!! :lol:
     
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    I will agree the Carolena is softer than snot. I'm guessing a RockBass with it's poly finish would stand up a little better though than the STD.
     
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