highly figured maple.... phooey!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by B String, Apr 16, 2005.

  1. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Don't get me wrong. I like a good piece of wood as much as
    the next guy, but whats with the AAAAAAAAAA grade of
    figured maple? The saying too much of a good thing applies
    here. I've seen guys proudly showing basses that look like
    paisley golf pantsor plaid shirts. Natural wood top basses
    are beautiful, but not when they look like a Jackson Pollock.
    Also, whats the difference in AAAAAAAA grade tops, and
    AAAAAA grade tops? MARKETING! Sorry if this seems like a
    rant, but I just saw a bass that almost gave me motion
    sickness it had so much going on. Perhaps some tasteful
    pictures might help me understand.
  2. M_A_T_T


    Mar 4, 2004
    I've never heard of a 10A top, it's usually A - AAAAA. I think figured wood is cool, but I build stuff with it, so I have a different point of view.

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Diffrent strokes for diffrent folks !. I like nice uniform look to the figure , it is still from mother nature.
  4. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    i like flame but not quilted and preferably teabiscuited

  5. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    "10-top" is a Paul Reed Smith term: they use it to describe the "top 10% of their wood stock". I'd imagine that would correspond to a 4-5A top. G*itarists, having to go off and do things their own way... :smug:

    And yes, I agree that there can be too much of a good thing in any styling of wood.
  6. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    I like the understated elegance of this quilt (sorry Brian, couldn't help it):
  7. One person's art is another's monstrosity. Like a lot that goes on in these threads, it is personal taste. Understated classic elegance, vs raw in your face.

    Viva le difference!
  8. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    And this is what I'n talking about. From far enough away, it
    almost looks like polka dots. I had to take Dramamine, just
    to look at the thing. I'm sure its a nice bass, but the first
    rows of people will be sea sick I guarantee.
  9. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    You are right about that golf shirt thing.
  10. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    He shoots!..... He scores!!!!!
  11. M_A_T_T


    Mar 4, 2004
    Re: Attachment:

    Okay, I see what you guys mean about too much of a good thing. Nice quilt by itself, but kinda ugly when EVERYTHING on the bass in quilted maple. :eek:
  12. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    If ya don't like it, don't buy it.

    But seriously: after owning a few spalty-quilty-flamey things I realize paint better suits my blue-collar playing style. But I still love lookin' at fancy wood tops.
  13. lyle

    lyle Guest

    Jan 10, 2004
    Vernon, B.C. Canada
    Roscoe have some of the nicest quilts I have ever seen.
  14. Halftooth

    Halftooth Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Tri-Valley, NorCal
    Amen to that!
    I just aquired an Exhibition Quitl topped LG-3005 and it's amazing. It looks as if there's running water on the top of my bass!
    As far as the exhibition grade stuff, you either like it or you don't. I myself love it, although Spalt tops occasionally don't agree with my that well.
  15. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Look at this, then go throw up, then.
  16. You OWNED this one!
  17. I'm pretty happy with the fretboard of the Bee I'm about to get...