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Flamed vs. Quilted

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Limo, Nov 6, 2002.

  1. Flamed top

    34 vote(s)
  2. Quilted top

    53 vote(s)
  1. Limo


    Sep 22, 2002
    Reykjavik Iceland
    Which one do you prefer and why, are there any essential tonal differences???
  2. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    I vote for carrot top. :D
  3. Zon Bass

    Zon Bass

    Jan 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    I prefer quilted, I just like the looks a little bit better. Maybe because it looks a little more exotic. In my experience they sound about the same. I really don't think that tops really have a huge effect on the basses tone anyway.
  4. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    I also think quilted maple looks better.

    I've seen a few basses where the top was 1/2 the thickness of the entire body. I'd bet they have more to do with the tone then if they're a veneer, like on many basses...
  5. meh...
    too many flames and quilts these days...
  6. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    No, just too many flame and quilt maple tops.

  7. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I like the looks of quilted tops. I can't tell the diff between quilted and flame though. It's just a visual thing.

    Here's a former bass that I owned
  8. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    a nice pic of a quilted bass that I don't own...
  9. Bryan R. Tyler

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

    May 3, 2002
    I prefer quilted to flamed, but I'm also a fan of curly maple tops :)

  10. I'm a great fan of quilted maple. I haven't tried enough basses to know if there's a significant tonal difference. However, I do think that quilted maple - and the Sadowsky in the original pic is just fabulous - is just the dogs thingies when it comes to the finish on a bass!
  11. 1964


    Mar 26, 2002
    Too Close To Hell
    IMO, there’s no more tonal difference between flamed and quilted maple than there is between any two pieces of maple.

    Btw, I voted for quilted, just because I prefer the look.
  12. superfreak

    superfreak Unregistered

    Aug 18, 2002
    Clarksville, TN
    What does "flamed" look like?


  14. a closer look...

  15. superfreak

    superfreak Unregistered

    Aug 18, 2002
    Clarksville, TN
    Ok, then quilted would be my personal fav. Thanks for the pic.:D
  16. I voted Flamed, but I like both. It mostly depends on the quality of each piece.
  17. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
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  18. My personal preference is quilted. Flamed is nice but quilted looks nicer to me. Here's my Lakland 4-94 Deluxe:

  19. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    I like quilt[​IMG]
  20. This thread has convinced me. Figured maple has to be flamed to look good. ;)

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