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Cocobolo top pool

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Matteo Marziali, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. upper photo (perfect matching)

    16 vote(s)
  2. lower photo (not so perfect but "wilder")

    6 vote(s)
  1. IMG_2032_zps98956a09.jpg

  2. Grant Bass

    Grant Bass

    Oct 14, 2010
    sapwood on only one side looks like a mistake imo
  3. I can see your dilemma. The grain on that bottom pic is pretty insane, but I think that I would go with the top one because of its better coverage and color balance. It's not like the top one's grain sucks either.
  4. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I would do the book match, but with the thick band of sap wood in the center, and leave out the ebony.

    A cocobolo board with sap wood is one of the prettiest pieces of lumber you can find. I wish I wasn't so sensitive to it so I could actually use it.
  5. the sapwood of second picture should disappear in the shaping of the body edge

    This top come from the side of the tree, so there is too much sapwood under the lower wing (if i do the book-match, like in the first picture) and it will be visible only between the top and the body, and in some part of the edge.

    I could try....
  6. MrArose13

    MrArose13 Commercial User

    Aug 15, 2011
    Atlanta Georgia
    Owner/Luthier:RoseBud Basses & Guitars LLC
    I would like to see a pic of Hopkins option, it sounds nice to me. You've definitely got a dilemma on your hands, too many choices .;).

    If I had to choose between only the two... Hmmm... I'd go with #1
  7. Grant Bass

    Grant Bass

    Oct 14, 2010
    your probbably right!
    but i still like the 1st one :)
  8. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az

  9. Maybe tonight i will take a picture of Hopkins option.

    "Cocobolo top pOOl" o_O A swimming pool full of Cocobolo tops?!?
  10. The top one matches perfectly! Looks like it fits the top as if it was made for it. So absolutely the first one imo.
  11. Just be aware of what you'll lose in the control area. I always try to avoid placing great grain in a spot that it'll be removed or covered.
  12. Scott in Dallas

    Scott in Dallas Commercial User

    Aug 16, 2005
    Dallas, north Texas
    Builder and Owner: DJ Ash Guitars
    But not on the lower horn.
  13. giacomini


    Dec 14, 2008
    Florianopolis - Brazil
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars
    #1 would be my choice.
  14. gbarcus

    gbarcus Commercial User

    Jul 20, 2008
    Minneapolis & St.Paul, MN
    Owner of Barcus Basses barcusbasses.com
    I love seeing sapwood in a top, so #2 is what I would choose.
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