Cocobolo top vs. maple top

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Basso Gruvitas, Jun 4, 2002.

  1. This may have been discussed before, but I want to be very specific in how I word my question....

    I'm thinking about having a 5-string fretless built. The body would most likely be mahogany. I'm torn between a maple top and a cocobolo top. What do you hear as the difference between the two? If you were me, which of these two tops would you put on -- AND WHY?!

    P.S. I would play jazz, latin, fusion, and Christian music with this instrument.

    Thanks for your input.
  2. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay

    Maple has a sharp sound, and I believe that Cocobolo has a more mellow sound.

    I dont think there would be much difference (since its just a thin top) to tell you the truth, but you might be able to hear it, and Cocobolo is probably better.

  3. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    I would write off the difference in tone between two 1/4" laminates of dense hardwoods and pick the one you like the looks of better.