Favorite figured top wood?

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  1. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    Name your top choice for a figured top wood.
  2. hifibass

    hifibass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    Albany, NY
    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


    Mar 27, 2007
    I'm not crazy, just a little unwell
    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.
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  5. 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

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
  7. It's a tie between buckeye burl and quilted ash.
  8. :DChilis:D


    Dec 23, 2006
    Fodera has some amazing Brazillian Rosewood tops.... :eek: Jaw dropping, I just wish I could afford a RW top.
  9. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Majestic Wood Supply Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    From Louisiana/In Arkansas
    Majestic Swamp Ash
    +1......but lean toward the quilted ash a bit more.

  10. zortation


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    Ambrosia (A type of spalted maple), or spalted beech. Mac ebony.
  11. Randyt

    Randyt Supporting Member

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    heres the Red Wood for my FBass AC6

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


    Jun 1, 2010
    Dover, De
    Spalted Maple or Buckeye Burl.
  14. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    Mottled or pomelled Bubinga
  15. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    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

    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

    Dan K.
  17. Joe Milo

    Joe Milo

    Nov 1, 2009
    Geneva Ohio
    Spalted Maple
    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

    scubaduba Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Cocobolo or buckeye burl
  19. 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

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Claro walnut. Runner up: spalted maple.