a veneer top is just a very thin 1/8-1/16 or so peice of wood laminated on top of the body wood, ushualy done just for looks it won't have much effect on tone if any.
gives the look of a more expensive bass while only using up a thin slice of the more expensive wood ushualy over a cheeper leess atractive wood that will still provide decent tone like alder or mahogany
higher end basses will use a thicker 3/4-1inch piece of the good wood for a top and a decent tone wood for the back then when you realy get spendy you get bodies made of solid choice woods. fo example
spector euro around $2k has 1/2in quilted maple top 1/4 slice of walnut in the middle and 1/2 piece of alder on the back.
step up to a usa made spector $4k and you get a solid piece of quilted maple or other choice wood front to back
I suspect my Ibanez sr505qm has what I would call a vereer top Ibanez just calls it a top but if I look close at the edge of the bass I can see wear the quilted maple is attatched and i'd guess it's no more than 1/4 inch at best at it's thickest point to me that's bordering on being a veneer but it's still a beautiful bass
Last edited by gpx1200 : 05-15-2013 at 09:30 AM.