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Help me pick a top wood for my new Fishbone sixer!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jeremy Allen, Feb 24, 2013.


  1. Paduak

    14 vote(s)
    19.4%
  2. Burled Walnut #1

    18 vote(s)
    25.0%
  3. Burled Walnut #2

    20 vote(s)
    27.8%
  4. Some form of root vegetable

    13 vote(s)
    18.1%
  5. None of the above--show us the teak, cedar, goncalo, etc.

    7 vote(s)
    9.7%
  1. Jeremy Allen

    Jeremy Allen Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2002
    Bloomington, IN
    Friends, John and Thom at Fishbone Basses are building me a six string (after they generously loaned me a five string for about four months, to play and evaluate--these are amazing instruments). I've got it narrowed down to either burled walnut or paduak. What are your opinions?

    Paduak:
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    Walnut #1:
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    Walnut #2:
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  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I'd go with one of the walnuts. I don't particularly like the Paduak.
     
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  4. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    Walnut. 2 looks great.
     
  5. 4StringShooter

    4StringShooter Banned

    Jun 26, 2011
    London, Ontario, Canada
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    GBX Member #1
  6. SherwoodGreen

    SherwoodGreen Banned

    Dec 25, 2012
    I'll be an advocate for the Paduak; I like the look.
    They sure do make an interesting bridge, eh?
     
  7. I like the red hue of the paduak. Walnut 1 is sexy. Walnut 2 is classy. Tough call...
     
  8. Borzi_4

    Borzi_4

    Apr 3, 2012
    LA
    I have a bass with a Paduak top and I don't believe the pic does it justice. That said, I voted Walnut #1
     
  9. Jeremy Allen

    Jeremy Allen Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2002
    Bloomington, IN
    Why thank you, 4StringShooter, I think so too. It oughta sit real nice next to my other two axes, a 4-string double bass and a 4-string P-bass.
     
  10. Jeremy Allen

    Jeremy Allen Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2002
    Bloomington, IN
    Yes, the bridge is a patented design. I'm not sure what it does, but they've resisted requests to license it to other makers (for better or for worse).

    I agree with you. I hadn't been considering Paduak, but when we were looking at the wood samples they mocked up these images from, they brought a couple of finished basses with them, one of which had the Paduak top. In person, it was stunning and irresistible--I couldn't take my eyes off it.
     
  11. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Disclosures:
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    I am also a Padauk Lover, but something with a little more figure and less plain would be my choice for Padauk. The Curly walnut is nice also. Definitely a tough choice
     
  12. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    Groom Lake, NV
    Disclosures:
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    It's "padauk," folks. And that's what I'd go with.
     
  13. Darren Low

    Darren Low

    Sep 28, 2012
    Australia
    Tough choice, but I'd go with Walnut #1
     
  14. SDMFJay

    SDMFJay

    Jan 27, 2011
    I love the slightly lighter, worn look of walnut #1
     
  15. Wallace320

    Wallace320

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Padauk

    not "Paduak"

    Cheers,
    Wallace
     
  16. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    Groom Lake, NV
    Disclosures:
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Wallace, see post #12.
     
  17. smperry

    smperry Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Long Island, NY
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    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    I'd normally prefer walnut, but in this case, I think the padauk wins. It looks great with the multi-lam neck.
     
  18. Jeremy Allen

    Jeremy Allen Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2002
    Bloomington, IN
    Sorry about the spelling, dudes; I'm normally as big of a grammar/spelling nazi as anyone, but in this case I got confused by the (incorrect) photo filenames.

    My wife made the same comment about the padauk contrasting so nicely with the laminates. I also have five fingerboard options, but the darkest wenge looks best to me (and I liked wenge under my fingers and in my ears).
     
  19. SherwoodGreen

    SherwoodGreen Banned

    Dec 25, 2012
    I don't care if it's spelled "paduak" "padauk" orr "schmadauk"!
    As if the spelling would affect the playability, or the build order!.:rollno:

    The color tone of that wood top looks killer- I claim first vote for the PadAuk; so get that order in! :D

    I've spoken with Fishbone in the past btw; very cool guys.
    Enjoy your new bass, I'd love a fretted 4 like that!
     



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