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Help Me Pick a Top for My Nordstrand!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Wasabi1264, Apr 30, 2006.


  1. Wasabi1264

    Wasabi1264

    Oct 3, 2004
    President: MusicDojo.com
    I have a Nordstrand NX5 on order, and it's about time for me to pick the top, since my bass is ready to be built. It's a bolt-on NX5. Check out this URL to see the one that was sent to the Groove Shoppe:

    http://www.nordstrandguitars.com/gallery.htm

    It's the first one on the Gallery page.

    Now, I'm thinking of three tops, but if anyone else has suggestions, I'd love to hear them. I'm going with a swamp ash body, maple neck, and maple board. Likely no inlays, but it depends on the top, I think.

    Here are some things I'm considering:

    1. A spalt maple similar to the one shown above.

    2. A purpleheart sapwood top, with the sapwood in the center, similar to the following:
    http://www.blueberryhillbass.com/basses.htm#roscoe (check the bottom of the page). I hope to find more of a wavy line for the sapwood, instead of it looking like straight body wings. If I did this, I'd consider purpleheart block inlays.

    3. A mac ebony top similar to the following:
    http://www.gguitars.com/fbass.html
    Check the second bass in the recently sold section. I'd consider ebony blocks if I used this top.

    What do you all think? Any other ideas?
     
  2. jeff_bass28

    jeff_bass28 Guest

    Mar 21, 2006
    Personally, I like the ebony.
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    Used to be mine. One of those you'll always regret getting rid of.
     
  3. Eli M.

    Eli M. Life's like a movie, write your own ending

    Jul 24, 2004
    New York, NY
    For me, a maple fingerboard means a dark top. Go with the mac ebony.
     
  4. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    mac ebony
     
  5. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    purpleheart
     

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