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Bloodwood top on Mahogany-too dark?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tekhna, Jan 14, 2005.


  1. tekhna

    tekhna

    Nov 7, 2004
    Visually, not tonally. I am a little worried about tone, but the ebony fingerboard should give it some snap. I am planning on rounding over the top some, so the mahogany is exposed some below the bloodwood. The best example I can come up with is similar to what Wal does with theirs. My project is going to be nothing like a Wal, the only similarity is the exposed top and bottom piece on the top, like this.

    http://www.basscentral.com/basscombo/wal/WAL_JC_M2_QM_R.JPG.JPG

    So, from an aesthetic standpoint, is bloodwood on Mahogany going to be too dark, or will it offer a nice blend of colors?
    Maybe this isn't the best place to put this, so if a mod wants to move it to the Basses forum, please feel free to, but I would love to hear some experienced builders opinions.
     
  2. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    That's an objectively unanswerable question. It depends entirely on what you or your customer enjoy visually.
     
  3. tekhna

    tekhna

    Nov 7, 2004

    And I am not asking for an objective answer!
    I am looking for opinions.
     
  4. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    OK then. I think it would look great. I'd also consider a thin separating lamination of somethin very dark, like black-stained maple, or wenge.
     
  5. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    This might help out the visual? :eyebrow:
    [​IMG]
     
  6. tekhna

    tekhna

    Nov 7, 2004

    That, my friend is beautiful. The mahogany I have on hand isn't quite that light, but it should work, I would think.
     
  7. JTGale

    JTGale

    Oct 26, 2004
    Hummelstown, PA
    If you are looking for opinions ... then I agree with the Pilot. A dark veneer would be a nice visual separator.

    Not that you bass doesn't look really, really sweet, Cliff. Very nice! ;)
     
  8. Yeah, if the definition isn't as good as Cliff got there then accent it. I might go in the opposite direction and make that a layer of AAAA flame maple - for a little jewelry!
     
  9. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Like Geoff's amazing (ex) Dingwall. Agreed, that was stunning.
     
  10. Dirty Road Cola

    Dirty Road Cola Guest

    Sep 8, 2000
    Gainesville, FL
  11. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I agree with all the above an accent stripe would be cool!
     
  12. Cliff off topic- What kind of strings are those on that five string fretless?

    Love the top and overall design of the body too, great work visually and Im sure functionally.
     
  13. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Groove They might be Labella deep talkin'? I love those string....T
     
  14. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    Those are DR "Black Beauties".
    Those strings have a great feel to them.
     
  15. tekhna

    tekhna

    Nov 7, 2004
    What kind of pickups did you wind up putting in that, and how did it sound? I am leaning towards dual MMs, or EMGs.
     
  16. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    Those were Bartolini "Classic Bass" series. My favorite of the Bartolini's.
    That bass had good growl due to the Mahogany and Ebony
    combo. The narrow pickups helped out as well. :D