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Ebony top wood?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by boofis, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. Hey
    Can Ebony used as a top wood :S Just curious lol!
  2. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    sure can. Nordstrand, Ritter, Carl Thompson and Scott French come to mind. All pretty high end stuff though.
  3. Macassar ebony for sure. :bassist:
  4. Sweet as. How would it affect the tone?
  5. sure can..when i was about to buy a james bass...unfortuantely didnt go through due to financial reasons..i was going to have an ebony top....

    les claypool has one with an ebony top and fingerboard..its beautiful
  6. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder/Owner: Wing Instruments
    Yes it can... my favorite...

  7. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
  8. hey Troy,

    I had a pair of Fodera Anthony Jackson Contrabasses (the original model, one fretted and one fretless) for year and they had ebony tops. that was what inspired me to us the wenge for my Conklin and Bee 8-strings!

    it give the tone, I think, a little darkness and a certain focus through the low mids.

    it's one of my favorite woods both in terms of aesthetics and timbre! great stuff and very tough!

    from the lows,

  9. don't forget that beautiful Eshenbaugh single cut

  10. lbanks


    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
    Here's an Alembic in Ebony...
  11. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    We have been using Ebony (Diospyros) for 'Tops' for over 20 years. From the Set-neck Dovetail Basses we made in NY in the early 80s on up to the Current Elite Series Neck-thru Basses made here in our PA Shop, Ebony has been a choice for many Bassists looking for that true fundamental Bass response. We have also made Ebony Top and Back models as well. We have an ample supply and source of Ebony as I feel it is one of the most unique tone woods on the planet.

    'Diospyros' translated from Latin to English means "Breath of the Gods".

    Here are a few examples; http://www.kensmithbasses.com/woodpages/ebony.html

    Bottom pic, Middle-right shelf, Ebony Lumber; http://www.kensmithbasses.com/ft/lumbersection/woodwax.html
  12. i love ebony fingerboards...yet to play a bass with an ebony top...but i love the smooth glassy texture you get from it..and some of the grain it gets is incredible
  13. I am nearly certain I would murder for that ebony topped Smith 5er.

    I hate being 17, and not having lots and lots of money.
  14. it doesn't matter what age you are, Bryan. not having money is tough at any age if you're a musician!


    from the lows,

  15. Tousche Stew lol! Man Thanks Mr Smith, those basses are sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! Stew thats next on your list :D LoL!
  16. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    I'd love an ebony facing, and a rear too, on the customs I'm having built. The ME facings on Rami's Rogue that lbanks linked are beautiful. But after paying for the ebony neck laminates, using ebony covered pickups and an ebony fretboard, I thought it might be a bit much.
  17. hey Troy,

    if I had the money and the wood were available, I'd get an ebony top on my next bass for sure!


    from the lows,

  18. lbanks


    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
    I'd love an Ebony Orion or Europa with every thing ebony but the fretboard, which would be purpleheart.
  19. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Traditional ebony is so compeltely awesome and so black.. I love it. Massacar ebony doesn't look all that special to me however... I really really want a black ebony topped bass. :help: