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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Cliff Bordwell, Jan 1, 2013.
Name your top choice for a figured top wood.
Amboyna Burl or Quilted Redwood (chevron pattern). Does this mean you'll comp me on a new bass with one of those tops?
I'm a bit of a traditionalist, so I'll stick with the Book Matched Flame Maple top. This leaves the option of a natural finish or a huge variety of see through stain colors.
The top that was on a Big McNeely (?) for sale here about 6 months ago. The whole bass, including the top, brought about a hypnotic feeling and I had to quit looking at it.
It's a tie between buckeye burl and quilted ash.
Fodera has some amazing Brazillian Rosewood tops.... Jaw dropping, I just wish I could afford a RW top.
+1......but lean toward the quilted ash a bit more.
Ambrosia (A type of spalted maple), or spalted beech. Mac ebony.
heres the Red Wood for my FBass AC6
Spalted Maple with a bit of flame to it
Spalted Maple or Buckeye Burl.
Mottled or pomelled Bubinga
Ziricote with lots of sapwood and buckeye burl. Really, any wood with lots of strong color and/or value changes is great.
and then a bunch of others close behind.
Flamed spalted maple
Myrtle where the finish shows the chatoyance of the wood
Check out this link................http://www.edroman.com/
If you scroll through his tabs on his site you can feast your eyes on some beautiful and exotic woods....
Cocobolo or buckeye burl
I was given a ziricote headstock cap blank with a big strip of sapwood on it. Still waiting for that special project to use it on, beautiful wood.
Cocobolo and koa are really nice, but my absolute favourite is bearclaw-spruce. I guess that's partly due to the fact it's a great top wood for a lot of traditional instruments, violins and double basses included, and I love double basses.
Claro walnut. Runner up: spalted maple.