need help with my future bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Yvon, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    I have a custom bass built to my spec, well....very soon.
    And I'm still not sure about the fingerboard wood.

    Here's the spec:
    Swamp ash body w/ polyester finish
    maple neck
    Cocobolo top
    Acrylicized ebony fingerboard (maybe maple)
    Graphite nut
    Matching cocobolo headstock
    Hipshot Ultralite tuners (chrome)
    Hipshot "A" bridge w/ 19mm spacing (chrome)
    Nordstrand Dual Coil pickups w/ coil switching
    Wooden pickup covers (not sure about that one yet)

    The sound I want is a modern sound, with good bottom and nice high.

    I'm not sure about the fingerboard wood.

    I have the choice between
    gaboon or macassar ebony
    Maple and bird eye maple.

    Which one will give me the sound I want and look better on the bass?

    I really have no idea so far, sometimes I want to go gaboon ebony, other maple. This morning I woke up wanting a macassar ebony...

    I'm not sure...
  2. sublimate


    Jan 12, 2006
    You didn't say if it was to be fretted of fretless, but assuming fretted....

    Many would say that the fingerboard has very little - if any - effect on the tone of a fretted bass and I would agree. So go with what you like the looks of.
  3. klocwerk


    May 19, 2005
    Somerville, MA
    I agree.
    pick a hardwood that you like the looks of.
  4. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    madagascar ebony is the best fretless wood i've played so far. I played it on a fretless musicman 5 with a maple neck, and it was unbelieve. Felt so comfortable.

  5. Dbassmon


    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    I disagree with this statement, the growl is totally effected by the hardness of the fingerboard.

    Diamond wood used by Keith Roscoe for his fretless basses is excellent. In addition to being very hard, hence the name diamond wood, it also has interesting grain unlike ebony.
  6. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    The bass will be fretted.
    I might go macassar...
    I never thought that the fingerboard wood would be such a hard decision to make!!
  7. colourwise, with a cocobolo top and a cocobolo headstock, maple fretboard will look KILLER!!! birdseye maple, with NO inlays....mmmmmmm....nice
  8. +1 for macassar.Had a bass made once with macassar fingerboard.Sorta has the warmth of rosewood but the hardness/smoothness of ebony with a nice figure.Don't like the idea of maple as its gonna have to be sealed.
    My 2c worth!
  9. Oxblood

    Oxblood Banned

    Apr 17, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    Birdseye Maple with blocks and binding! But im just curious, which luthier are you going with?
  10. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada

    I will go with Bud Lecompte.

    This morning, I'm really not sure. Last night it was clear in my head, I wanted macassar. This morning I want maple!

    What about spalted maple?
  11. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Here's a few wood combos that might make it easier to choose...or not.

    Cococbolo & cocobolo


    Another Cocobolo

    Macassar Ebony

    Bolivian Rosewood

    East Indian Rosewood

    Another Macassar Ebony

    Of course everything will be darker and more vivid with a finish on it.

    JJBACOOMBA Commercial User

    May 31, 2005
    San Antonio, Texas
    Lecompte Bass Owners Club Member #2
    Excellent choice of builder Yvon.I just posted a review of my Lecompte VB5 fretless. Has a Macassar fingerboard, maple neck. Love it!!! Which design did you choose? You wont be disappointed.
  13. poptart

    poptart Commercial User

    Sep 13, 2005
    Owner: Bass Direct
    WHAT A SELECTION OF WOODS - I do think you are gonna have a real problem making a choice as they all look great. My favourites are the top two, and I do think that the maple works well with cocabolo - there is a superb Roscoe on here that has this combination...sorry just my opinion have fun!

  14. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Wow, as far as looks go the only one that stood out for me was the maple fingerboard. Cocobolo and maple are a stunning match.
  15. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    I agree with everybody. Maple definitely!
  16. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    I saw your bass, very very nice!
    And I read the review also.
    I've "known" Bud for many years now. I'm sure I wont be desapointed.

    The body I chose is the more conventional one...
    The TR-5.
  17. Holy crap - just had a look at the Lecompte site.Bud you make some of the coolest looking basses I've ever seen and your pricing is very cheap for a handmade bass.Great stuff.
  18. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Yes, I've "known" Yvon for years. A few years ago I was looking for a cabinet and I found one in Canada that sounded interesting. Yvon offered to check it out for me since it was in his neck of the woods. I bought it on his word and still have it today. It'll be a pleasure building a bass for him.