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Most modern string instruments even down to violins (where the size of the slab is less of an issue) are. A single slab of wood is cut in two horizontally, and then opened like a book and then glued together. This is done since it is difficult (probably impossible for a bass) to find good single slabs of wood that are big enough for an entire body, but ...


One reason is that it's bookmatched - the grain on one half matches that on the other. Another reason is that it would take a fair old tree to slice a piece of wood that size from it. Another is that the wood isn't exactly flat, so to bend one piece in the middle isn't an easy job. The grain on very expensive instruments is better matched than cheaper ones, ...

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