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Buckeye top vs spalted maple top

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JuanG, Dec 13, 2005.


  1. JuanG

    JuanG

    Oct 16, 2005
    New York city
    What's up guys!!
    I'm thinking of getting an F bass and I'm doing some research on tops...Could you guys send pictures with buckeye or spalted maple or ambrosia tops?? any other suggestions??
    Thanks Juan :help:
     
  2. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Supporting Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder: Wing Bass
    Here my quilted maple F:
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    ... and my Spalted Maple F:
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    I'm sure no matter what wood you choose it will be incredible.
     
  3. dooft11

    dooft11 Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    HongKong
    I hate u man!
    this is 9:30 in the morning and you make my gas raise!!!
    I will get one sooner or later!!!!!!

    I am going to rob Santa now
     
  4. JuanG

    JuanG

    Oct 16, 2005
    New York city
    (AJ) Man ...that spalted maple is killing.......the thing is that when you look at the tops available in the web page is hard to say how the bass will look like....So, I'm quite nervous...any buckeyes around??
     
  5. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Supporting Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder: Wing Bass
    You should really see the matching job they did with the pickup covers... incredible. I belive the Groove Shoppe has a bunch of Buckeyes either in stock on in their archives... http://www.thegrooveshoppe.com
     
  6. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    I really find that the Buckeye tops don't particularly suit F. I would vote spalted, but ideally just ash or maple (flame, quilt)
     
  7. unity bass

    unity bass

    Dec 15, 2003
    Modesto, Ca.
    Friggin' a dude, those things are killer. Just killer.
     
  8. That deep gloss finish on both basses is bea-u-tiful! The depth is incredible. That's a really nice burst stain on the one. What's it called?

    Paul Mac
     
  9. JuanG

    JuanG

    Oct 16, 2005
    New York city
    I'm confused!! In what sense they don't suit F basses..Are we talking here about sound Or are we talking about simply the way it looks
    thx juan
     
  10. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    Personally, IMO, to my taste, the buckeye tops don't suit F Basses visually. IN fact the only basses I truly believe they do fit are Fodera singlecuts and I think the occasional Ritter I may have seen.
     
  11. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    I'm not a big fan of Buckeye Burl. It is a very soft wood, thus rendering your sound somewhat more mushy. I'm about to get a number of posts that disagree with what I just wrote. But if you take the same bass, with the same specs except for Buckeye top vs. another traditional top, it will sound less focussed.

    Even Mike Tobias refused to work with Buckeye Burl for a long time until about 2 years ago due to market requests.
     
  12. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    :eek: WOW! That is one of the most awesome lookin' F's I've ever seen.
     
  13. Oxblood

    Oxblood Banned

    Apr 17, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    Here are some beautiful Buckeye Burl Topped F's!

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    I looooooooove Buckeye Burl and its by far my favorite top.
     
  14. Sadowsky PJ 4: flamed spalted maple on alder body w/Brazilian rosewood 'board

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  15. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    FWIW, I've never been much into buckeye, but I'm a total sucker for a great spalted maple top. :)
     
  16. Fretless5verfan

    Fretless5verfan Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2002
    Philadelphia
    A version of buckeye(burl)

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  17. OrionManMatt

    OrionManMatt

    Feb 17, 2004
    Houston
  18. AxtoOx

    AxtoOx

    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    I went for the plain old Translucent Blue, the Buckeye didn't do much for me either, but when I was checking around, as someone else said, I think the groove shop had 3 of them, all differant.
     
  19. Halftooth

    Halftooth Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Tri-Valley, NorCal
    Visually, I prefer Buckeye Burl on most accounts, but sonicly, I'd go for Spalted Maple anyday simply because Buckeye offers very little, if anything at all, in the tone compartment. Another downer for me with Buckeye is that just about every builder has used this as a top wood as well in the past 5 years, so the novelty factor has completely worn out.
     
  20. basses55

    basses55 Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 24, 2003
    Toronto
    Endorsing Artist: Alleva Coppolo

    Two beautiful basses- and both very different,
    Congrats!
    Mitch