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Favorite figured top wood?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Cliff Bordwell, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Supporting Member

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    Name your top choice for a figured top wood.
  2. hifibass

    hifibass Supporting Member

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    Amboyna Burl or Quilted Redwood (chevron pattern). Does this mean you'll comp me on a new bass with one of those tops? :hyper::hyper:
  3. smogg

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    I'm a bit of a traditionalist, so I'll stick with the Book Matched Flame Maple top. This leaves the option of a natural finish or a huge variety of see through stain colors.
  4. gumbynotpokey

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    Buckeye burl.
    :D
  5. Immigrant

    Immigrant Supporting Member

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    The top that was on a Big McNeely (?) for sale here about 6 months ago. The whole bass, including the top, brought about a hypnotic feeling and I had to quit looking at it.
  6. bassman10096

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  7. capnsandwich

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    It's a tie between buckeye burl and quilted ash.
  8. :DChilis:D

    :DChilis:D

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    Fodera has some amazing Brazillian Rosewood tops.... :eek: Jaw dropping, I just wish I could afford a RW top.
  9. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Supporting Member

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    +1......but lean toward the quilted ash a bit more.


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  10. zortation

    zortation Distant relative of Arthur 'Two Sheds' Jackson Supporting Member

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    Ambrosia (A type of spalted maple), or spalted beech. Mac ebony.
  11. Randyt

    Randyt Supporting Member

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    heres the Red Wood for my FBass AC6

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  12. TK4261

    TK4261 Supporting Member

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    Spalted Maple with a bit of flame to it :cool:
  13. MyMusic

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    Spalted Maple or Buckeye Burl.
  14. Musiclogic

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    Mottled or pomelled Bubinga
  15. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002

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    Ziricote with lots of sapwood and buckeye burl. Really, any wood with lots of strong color and/or value changes is great.
  16. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Supporting Member

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    Flamed Redwood

    and then a bunch of others close behind.
    Flamed spalted maple
    Quilt maple
    Myrtle where the finish shows the chatoyance of the wood
    maple burl
    cocobolo

    Dan K.
  17. Joe Milo

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    Spalted Maple
    Cocobolo
    Quilted Maple
    Buckeye Burl
    Brazilian Rosewood


    Check out this link................http://www.edroman.com/

    If you scroll through his tabs on his site you can feast your eyes on some beautiful and exotic woods....
  18. scubaduba

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    Cocobolo or buckeye burl
  19. josiah goldfish

    josiah goldfish

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    I was given a ziricote headstock cap blank with a big strip of sapwood on it. Still waiting for that special project to use it on, beautiful wood.

    Cocobolo and koa are really nice, but my absolute favourite is bearclaw-spruce. I guess that's partly due to the fact it's a great top wood for a lot of traditional instruments, violins and double basses included, and I love double basses.
  20. Bassist4Eris

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    Claro walnut. Runner up: spalted maple.

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