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6 Beautiful Wood tops to choose for Custom Build.. Help choose.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by campbems, Jan 13, 2018.


  1. Afzailia Burl

    6.3%
  2. Flamed Redwood

    42.8%
  3. Amboynia Burl

    10.0%
  4. Buckeye Burl #1

    7.4%
  5. Figured Cocobolo

    27.7%
  6. Buckeye Burl #2

    5.9%
  1. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    I’m getting ready to commission a Custom Build through Devon Smullen and have narrowed it to a few different top woods. The body will be a Mahogany or Alder with Ebony fretboard. What does the TB world think of these top woods and what would be the better top?


    Afzaila Burl
    ED6FAE31-D45C-40C2-8FFF-38DB51FFF1DB.

    Flamed Redwood
    23033604-616E-4F7B-9142-17079B05504C.

    Amboynia Burl
    928C210A-1BBF-497B-BC22-E284542556F7.

    Buckeye Burl #1
    3D37D623-F02B-4E7A-BDD5-75811BD4AFFF.

    Highly figured Cocobolo
    C5DB2B1D-F8D1-4B03-A8B0-F92FAD9DF636.

    Buckeye Burl #2
    691821B6-0B95-4488-BCAB-4ED99D38CF55.
     
  2. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    That cocobolo is very nice
     
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  3. RobTheRiot

    RobTheRiot

    Aug 31, 2016
    las Vegas, nv
    Wow! First world problems: do I choose stunning piece of wood 1,2,3,4,5, or 6!!
    Haha!!

    That’s a hard choice, they’re all beautiful!
    I can’t pick one, so I’ll help narrow it. I’d say it’s between:
    Flamed Redwood - just beautiful!
    Figured Cocobolo - pretty & unique with light line running parallel to neck
    Buckeye Burl #2 - really cool black & white effect.

    Good luck! I can’t wait to see this bass!! You can’t go wrong with any of the choices!
     
  4. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    Those are exactly the 3 I like best lol. 3 stunning choices.
     
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  5. el_Bajo_Verde

    el_Bajo_Verde

    May 18, 2016
    USA
    Flamed Redwood! I feel like Buckeye Burl is overdone
     
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  6. Redwood.
     
  7. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    Here is 3 basses he has done in the Buckeye, same Cocobolo top, and the same batch of Redwood burl.

    23167518_10212621061096519_9176578812929786878_n. 23172584_10212621066376651_8942961578436981718_n. 24785176_10210292795058480_839641634634261197_o.
     
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  8. franklindayala

    franklindayala

    Feb 8, 2015
    PERÚ
    Didn't know of Afzaila burl. What a great look it has.
     
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  9. I suppose it doesn't matter if you decide to paint the top black. D'oh! :roflmao:
     
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  10. Stuck between the Afzalia, Redwood, and the Amboynia. Really difficult choice you have to make.
     
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  11. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    I like the Afzalia and Cocobolo best. I'm getting a bit numb to buckeye burl. That's just me.
     
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  12. J_Bass

    J_Bass

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    Wow!

    Flamed Redwood, but it was close between the Highly Figured Cocobolo!
     
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  13. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Redwood
     
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  14. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yeah that flamed redwood is ridiculously gorgeous.
     
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  15. wildman2

    wildman2

    Jun 8, 2016
    The Amboynia Burl has some really good depth to it.Looks like 3d fractal artwork. Sweet looking.That's my choice.
     
  16. tat2clod

    tat2clod

    Nov 19, 2011
    Bloomington IN
    Tough call those are some serious pieces. I’d pick the Redwood.
     
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  17. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    Lots of great choices and the flamed redwood is beautiful. But the majority of the basses I've thought were the prettiest I've seen seem to have cocobolo tops, so .... cocobolo!
     
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  18. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Based on those wood samples in post #1, I'd vote for Flamed Redwood or Amboynia Burl. Based on the finished basses in post #7, I'd just throw a dart or flip a coin, because clearly that luthier is incapable of building anything less than a stellar looking bass!
     
  19. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    I like the redwood - I think the others are too much.
     
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  20. 74hc

    74hc

    Nov 19, 2015
    California
    I would pick the flamed redwood.
     
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