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Is this top Ash or Spalted Maple?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by ddnidd1, Oct 4, 2009.


  1. I've always thought that the top on this Moon bass was Ash. However, the other day it occurred to me that it looked a bit like Spalted Maple.

    I'm looking for opinions more knowledgeable than mine.

    Thanks in advance for an replies.
     

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  2. DSB1

    DSB1

    Mar 8, 2006
    Floridian rosewood with a touch of Dutch elm disease.
     
  3. geoff_in_nc

    geoff_in_nc

    Dec 13, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    Could be spalted ash. I'd never heard of such a thing before, but I googled it just for giggles because the base grain does look alot like ash, and spalted ash does exist.

    Spalted Ash Telecaster

    (Believe me though, my opinion is NOT more educated than yours here...)
     
  4. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom

    Sep 8, 2008
    its mostl likely ash, with a little bit of a discoloration or some spalting
     
  5. i have a bass and guitar with swamp ash bodies and this looks the same as the grain on them. i don't have any spalted maple to compare it to though :/
     
  6. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    wood.
     
  7. Papazita

    Papazita

    Jun 27, 2008
    Ohio
    Ash.
    [​IMG]

    It's probably swamp ash, which seems to be used a little more frequently than plain ash:
    prs_avail016.

    It is definitely NOT spalted maple:
    dsc00707.
     
  8. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Looks like some nice swamp to me......t
     
  9. Those are glass worm scars in soft ash. Happens in maple also. A small fly gets between the bark and cambium layer, lays eggs and what you see is the larvae tracks.
     
  10. LARRY LIVES!
     
  11. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works

    TONE WORM ALERT!!!!!!!! :eek:

    :bag:

    R
     
  12. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    What's the ressonant frequency of a glass toneworm?

    :ninja:
     
  13. Zombbg4

    Zombbg4

    Jul 15, 2008
    Olympia,Wa
    Depends if the worms are Eastern or Western, the latter having more warmth and bottom. The Eastern worm imparts a slight compression in the mid frequencies.
     
  14. Cyber Soda

    Cyber Soda

    Sep 24, 2008
    First I was feeling gassy, then I lost my appetite. This thread delivers.
     
  15. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    The best upper-lower-mid-thump is provided by swamp glass worms.
     
  16. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    (typed in my best Monsters Inc 'Roz' voice)

    [​IMG]

    "He's watching you Wilser ... always watching ..."

    kinda makes you shudder, eh?

    :bag:


    R
     
  17. I have no idea how I missed that one, it would have been so much more cooler if I had joined earlier.
     
  18. :p
     

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