Just curious what any of you felt about the best woods for tone were on the Ken Smith basses. I own a BSR 6 GN with maple top/walnut core and BSR 5 MW with a walnut body and maple center block. I've tried out only a few other smiths with the laminate bodies and was wondering what those of you out there felt was the best wood combos were, perhaps some of you have been lucky enough to try out many types. I've been told the maple top/walnut core is hard to beat, and have been thinking about getting a GN with a walnut top and maple core fretless as sort of an inversion of what i already have, but perhaps someone has a better suggestion. I know this might be regarded as a personal preference, but the more i've talked with luths, players, and makers, the more convinced i am that traditional tone woods are the way to go. Just yesterday i was able to compare several Surine basses with various wood tops on mahogany bodies (alongside Scott Surine, the designer) and we both were in aggreance that zebrawood is pretty lousy but that maple, walnut (when coupled with something else, i'm not so sure about it on my MW without a core), and mahoghany are still the best woods. I liked a surine fretless with coccobolo. I've not been impressed with lacewood on a tobias. There's a KS fretless on ebay with bubinga/maple, but i've never played anything with a bubinga top! BTW, just ordered a Sadowsky 24 fret 5 string with and alder body, caramel burst quilted maple top, blackk hrdwr, ebony board with abalone inlays, and J pickups in the traditional position (which roger just started offering after jason newstead had one made).