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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

    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

    gumbynotpokey

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  6. Immigrant

    Immigrant

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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.
     
  7. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

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  8. capnsandwich

    capnsandwich

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    It's a tie between buckeye burl and quilted ash.
     
  9. :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.
     
  10. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Mr. Majestic Swamp Ash Supporting Member

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


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  11. zortation

    zortation Supporting Member

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

    Randyt

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    heres the Red Wood for my FBass AC6
     

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  13. TK4261

    TK4261

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

    MyMusic

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    Spalted Maple or Buckeye Burl.
     
  15. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic

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    Mottled or pomelled Bubinga
     
  16. 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.
     
  17. 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.
     
  18. Joe Milo

    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....
     
  19. scubaduba

    scubaduba Supporting Member

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    Cocobolo or buckeye burl
     
  20. 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.
     
  21. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

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    Claro walnut. Runner up: spalted maple.
     

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