Multiple figures in wood?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassdude15, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. Bassdude15


    Feb 26, 2013
    Im just curious; is it possible for a piece of wood to exhibit different types of figuring, for example, quilted and flame in the same slab of maple??
    And if so, how would I find some ;) ?

  2. Yes it is, good luck finding a piece at a reasonable price thou.
  3. Of course it is. And certain growths are common, for example curly maple with spalting, or curly maple with burls.
  4. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD Supporting Member

    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK
    Curly spalted and burled maple is fun.
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  7. lbridenstine


    Jun 25, 2012
    I was just watching this PRS video yesterday and they have one that's half curly, half quilt at 4:05.

    Pretty cool, but I think it'd look weird as a guitar.
  8. Hotblack

    Hotblack Pay the cost to be the boss. Supporting Member

    May 20, 2002
    Check out grafted walnut. It may not be as extreme as having burl and flame in one piece, but the contrasts in figuring can be very striking.
  9. i have a bass thats quilted / spalted maple.

    thats probably the most common type of thing, quilt or flame along with spalt.
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  11. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Spalting is sort of cheating though. Its not a naturally occurring grain pattern, but is caused after the fact.
  12. Bassdude15


    Feb 26, 2013
    I found a grafted walnut guitar on Taylor's website, the back has plain edges, and then what looks like a mix of flame,burled, quilted wood! Wow!!!