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Thuya Burl top+snakewood fretboard=too much grain??

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Bassdude15, Jan 9, 2014.


  1. Bassdude15

    Bassdude15

    Feb 26, 2013
    Nashville
    The title says it all.
     
  2. Too much going on, visually.

    In my book, burl tops get black ebony fingerboards or fretboards, and fancy fingerboards or fretboards go with plain wood tops or solid finishes.
     
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  4. lbridenstine

    lbridenstine

    Jun 25, 2012
    MI
  5. What's too busy for one is beautiful to another.Unless you're building it to sell the only thing that matters is how it looks to you
     
  6. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    I would agree that it would look too busy
     
  7. miziomix

    miziomix Über on my mind

    Sep 28, 2009
    Milan, Kuala Lumpur
    In so many words. Yes.

    ps: but a Snakewood FB with a Snakewood top wouldn't be too busy. It's a matter of grain clashing, rather than too much grain. Now, finding a Snakewood top might prove a bit challenging..... ;)
     
  8. Bassdude15

    Bassdude15

    Feb 26, 2013
    Nashville
    Haven't bought any wood yet. The body will be mahogany and the neck wenge and ovangkol(with mahogany laminations).
     
  9. Bassdude15

    Bassdude15

    Feb 26, 2013
    Nashville
    Since the general consensus seems to be "yes", how about figured cherry for a top?
     
  10. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro

    Jan 26, 2002
    Maryland
    Disclosures:
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    I think snakewood would look good with cherry. I'd do binding on the snakewood fingerboard.
     
  11. Warwick recently made a custom shop Infinity with a Redwood burl top and a snakewood fingerboard.
    I think the figure of redwood burl is similar enough to use as an example.

    Here's the link (I hope I'm not breaking any forum rules, If so please let me know) :

    http://www.warwick.de/en/Warwick---...nity--Infinity---810--4-string--Pictures.html

    As many have said, I might be a bit much for most, but I don't mind it that much.
    If you want a similar colour scheme you could use a more simple looking top such as bubinga or something.
     
  12. Bassdude15

    Bassdude15

    Feb 26, 2013
    Nashville
    Maybe with small strips of maple? And perhaps a maple accent lamination on the body?
     
  13. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro

    Jan 26, 2002
    Maryland
    Disclosures:
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Sounds good to me!
     
  14. lbridenstine

    lbridenstine

    Jun 25, 2012
    MI
    I like the look of that one, personally. It's a lot of figure, but it matches pretty well.
     
  15. Looks good to me. Works well.

    What does my head in is when you get a million different highly grained timbers all put together willy nilly.
     
  16. True, but the more I mature in my taste in aesthetic choices, the more I am finding that the recipe for a beautiful instrument is to keep everything simple and let one or two things be the focal point. If too many things scream "look at me!" it just gets gaudy.

    I guess it really depends on the instrument, though. And the degree of figuring in the woods.
     
  17. Totally. Love that philosophy. :)
     
  18. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    When I first started building I wanted everything to be made from highly figured exotic woods. I'm at the point now that I am doing mostly solid color, hot rod looking builds.
     
  19. Big B.

    Big B.

    Dec 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Looks aside, with a wenge/ovangkol neck and mahogany body I think the snakewood is awfully heavy unless you consider that in your design. If its not balanced well you could have an issue with neck dive.
     
  20. Bassdude15

    Bassdude15

    Feb 26, 2013
    Nashville
    Mahogany is generally much heavier than wenge or ovangkol AFAIK.
     
  21. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    No, generally, wenge is heavier than true or African mahogany, but they are not terribly far apart in weight...

    Just as a point of note, big b is a professional woodworker and knows his stuff...
     



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