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I LOVE spalted maple

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by vmabus, Jan 2, 2014.


  1. vmabus

    vmabus Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2013
    central Colorado
    I like wood - all kinds: oak, walnut, knotty pine, aspen...
    I like the variations in grain, texture and color; as individual as fingerprints. The tonewoods used on expensive guitars are flat-out gorgeous, but the one that always gets my attention is spalted maple. Yes, I know it's partially rotted, and that the figuring is created by fungus, but still, I'm crazy about it. Am I nuts?
     

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  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    I love it too! Check out my Spector. Not a heavy spalt, but spalted all the same :)

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  3. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    You're not alone!

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    My former basses with spalt

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    Conklin 8 string Sidewinder.

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    BassMods K4VV fretless.
     
  4. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

    Here's my former spalted maple bass:
     

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  6. elgecko

    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Spalted maple is where it's at! My number one.

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  7. vmabus

    vmabus Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2013
    central Colorado
    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!
     
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  8. vmabus

    vmabus Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2013
    central Colorado
    [fungusporn]
     
  9. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

    Well, it woks for GOFs, right? :D
     
  10. vmabus

    vmabus Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2013
    central Colorado
    I feel a little less grumpy now.
     
  11. vmabus

    vmabus Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2013
    central Colorado
    Thank you all for the contributions to my screensaver! ;)
     
  12. BBox Bass

    BBox Bass Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2011
    NW Pennsylvania
    I have two basses with custom spalted maple necks. This one is mated to a Squier Classic Vibe body.
     

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  13. vmabus

    vmabus Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2013
    central Colorado
    How do you keep from just staring at your neck while playing?
     
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  14. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
  15. Holy CRAP! That is gorgeous.
     
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  16. irbass

    irbass Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2011
    NC - USA
  17. vmabus

    vmabus Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2013
    central Colorado
    We've ALL made some excellent choices!;)
     
  18. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    Masterpiece.
     
  19. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Yeah, Sheldon did a good job. I have a 'bonus' quality piece, probably due to some stuff along the way. The headstock and the neck inlays (which I don't currently have a pic online) are from the same flamed/spalted piece and the pickup covers match the body both in finish and wood (swamp ash with contiguous top wood).
     
  20. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Pacifica CA
    Disclosures:
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Parker 5'r

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  21. Greevus

    Greevus

    Apr 15, 2009
    Great thread, beautful wood!! Holy shiz, you guys are giving me the GAS.

    That JAZZ is FANTASTIC!