Complete Top or Show The Stringers?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bryan R. Tyler, Aug 6, 2003.

  1. ryuujin


    Jun 1, 2003
    Delaware, OH
    full top. this is looking like its gonna be a beautiful bass when its done.
  2. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    I agree, go with the full top.
  3. Fran Diaz

    Fran Diaz

    Mar 28, 2002
    Santander, Spain
    full top, no doubt. By the way, the shape of the bass painted on that top looks a lot like a Lakland body shape.

    keep groooovin'
  4. FULL TOP. end of the story.;)
  5. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Full top. Uh, no, show the stringers... No, wait, full top. uhhh... Aaaarggghhh!

    I'm glad I'm not the one having to choose, I'd get no sleep! :)

    Either will look great!
  6. Full'd lose the most interesting part of the top, if u'd show the neck.
  7. Show the top, and good god is that going to be a beautiful bass! :D
  8. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Show the top - heck, get lightwave pickups so you don't obscure anything! :D

  9. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Reviewer: Bass Player Magazine
    The neck wouldn't have to go down the middle-the top is bookmatched so they could be pulled apart so the middle's still there, but I know what you mean. :)

    Y'know, for some reason I don't like the looks of wide open tops with just lightwaves or piezos. I love the look of woods, but I just never got into the no pickup look. It's weird. Ah well. From what I've heard, I probably like the traditional sounds of mags over lightwaves (definitely over piezos).
  10. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    Full top, full stop. Much cooler than the hippie sandwich look.
  11. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    If you cover that beautiful piece of wood with that orange sandwich neck thing, I'm going to come to your house and smack you myself.

    On the other hand, if you cover the neck with that beautiful top, you will have my respect for all things beautiful.

    But seriously. It's your bass. You have to look at it and play it. Do what you like. Good luck.
  12. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    That's a very hard decision. Whatever you choose the bass is gonna be gorgeous. :cool:
  13. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again?? Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    I'd go for a complete top were it my bass...

    BTW...Beautiful piece of wood!!!

    It's gonna be GAWGEOUS!!!
  14. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett Commercial User

    Nov 25, 2001
    Cane Ridge, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer, Builder
  15. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    i say let the neck be seen also

  16. gyancey

    gyancey Supporting Member

    Show the stringers, use a different top, and send that one to me...
  17. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Here's three version's I knocked up based on the samples above.

    1. Just the woood:


    2. Through neck stringers


    3. A combo idea (moving the two sections of the top to keep the eyes and loose some of the darker, less patterned area).


    While it's a gorgeous bit of wood in it's own right, I do quite like the contrast between the chaotic pattern of the body and the geometric precision of the stringers.

  18. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    I like the full top look, though it's obviously female.
  19. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Now that I've seen the actual neck laminates, I agree they're beautiful. I'm sticking with my original vote, though--keep the top whole, and let the laminates just be somthing to liven up the back, which would probably be pretty plain otherwise.

  20. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    LOL! There's nothing wrong with that!