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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.

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Top wood for my new Fishbone?

  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 Supporting Member

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    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. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    I'd go with one of the walnuts. I don't particularly like the Paduak.
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    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

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  4. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

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    Walnut. 2 looks great.
  5. 4StringShooter

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    Nice looking Guitar.
  6. SherwoodGreen

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    I'll be an advocate for the Paduak; I like the look.
    They sure do make an interesting bridge, eh?
  7. dreads311

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    I like the red hue of the paduak. Walnut 1 is sexy. Walnut 2 is classy. Tough call...
  8. Borzi_4

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    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 Supporting Member

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    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 Supporting Member

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    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

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    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

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    It's "padauk," folks. And that's what I'd go with.
  13. jmclearnon

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    How about both.....
  14. Darren Low

    Darren Low

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    Tough choice, but I'd go with Walnut #1
  15. SDMFJay

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    I love the slightly lighter, worn look of walnut #1
  16. Wallace320

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    Padauk

    not "Paduak"

    Cheers,
    Wallace
  17. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Wallace, see post #12.
  18. smperry

    smperry Moderator Supporting Member

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    I'd normally prefer walnut, but in this case, I think the padauk wins. It looks great with the multi-lam neck.
  19. Jeremy Allen

    Jeremy Allen Moderator Supporting Member

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    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).
  20. SherwoodGreen

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    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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