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Anyone ever use Bocote?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Monkey, Nov 4, 2002.

  1. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    I recently replaced the Western red cedar top of my semi-hollow fretless with bocote, which comes from Mexico. It is a beautiful, highly-figured wood, and seems very hard. It looks really cool on my bass, and I was wondering if anyone has any experience with it. I bet it would make a great fretless fingerboard, for it seems very hard.
  2. Brooks


    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    Warmoth offers that option on their necks...very nice looking wood.
  3. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    I've used it for tops, and once or twice for fingerboards. Alembic offers it as a top wood.

    It's quite nice, but I think it's probably not as durable as some of the other options out there for fretless. I think the ebonies, purpleheart, and cocobolo are probably all going to wear longer.