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New poll: what's the prettiest top woods?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by frodebass, Apr 20, 2004.

  1. frodebass


    Apr 11, 2004
    I'm talking to a custom builder right now about a new bass, and can't really decide on which kind of wood to use as the top wood of my new main axe.
    Right now I am deciding between:
    Goncalo alves, Amboyna burl, Thuya burl, and mesquite burl.
    I got a link with some pictures of woods.

    Anyone care to comment on nice looking woods for tops.
    My bass will be totally clean. No pickups, no controls, no output jack, etc so the wood quality will be important.
    I am not looking for anything too flashy, but has to be interesting and pleasing. It will be oiled.
    Neck-through, 6 string fretted.
    If you have a picture of a bass with favorite wood, please post it, or a link!!

    Thanks to anyone that will contribute! I'll post pics when it's done!!!
  2. Warwick player

    Warwick player

    Dec 31, 2002
    Bucks, UK
    In my opinion the Amboyna burl looks the best and would be pretty stylish as a top wood. :D

  3. Of the ones you listed, I like the Goncalo Alves the best. Also check out the Macassar Ebony on page two of the gallery
  4. frodebass


    Apr 11, 2004
    Yeah, one of my favorites!
  5. lyle

    lyle Guest

    Jan 10, 2004
    Vernon, B.C. Canada
    all the way, iw as going to get a dingwall with an amboyna burl top, but opted for my kubicki instead.
  6. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    I don't think you could go wrong with any of those options. They're all excellent choices for top woods. ;)
  7. Here's a shameless pic of how great goncalo alves looks on a bass - my old California Tobias. It would be a great choice!
  8. Eyescream


    Feb 4, 2004
    Knoxville, TN
    My favorites on that page are Macassar Ebony or Tiger Stripe Myrtlewood.

    From your list, though, goncalo alves is the prettiest.
  9. Zon Bass

    Zon Bass

    Jan 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    Macassar Ebony.

    Larry hooked me up with some great stuff that is just begging to be made into a bass.
  10. And that Nigerian Satinwood looks sweet on that site.
  11. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    I like the mesquite burl (Van Gogh swirlies) with aboyna burl a close second. But the other two are beautiful as well (although might be a little "flashy" for you).

    Well, I'm no help. :meh:

  12. MascisMan


    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    That Myrtle Burl under Gallery one looks awesome
  13. 6-3-2


    Sep 20, 2003
    Tiger Stripe Myrtle Wood
  14. learning_towalk

    learning_towalk Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2004
    Chattanooga, TN
    I ~heart~ Flamed Koa
  15. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Gotta go with padauk that's been on the bass for a while. Love the blood/rust color.

    Walnut can be nice as well, and Flamed Koa, if done right can be striking.

    Other than that, I really don't car for top woods. I prefer to just rock the solid colors.
  16. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Frode, no pickups, controls or output jack???? Is it going to be an acoustic six string bass guitar? If so, who's building it?

    I'd be concerned with using only an oil finish on a burl. Burls dry up so quickly that it can be a real problem.
  17. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Banned

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF
    Claro Walnut all the WAY!!!

    My custom bass will be a walnut of some sort. I just friggin' love the contrast in the wood.
  18. TyKao


    Jun 29, 2003
    I'm more of a Fender solid-color guy myself, but I think buckeye looks awesome. Here's a picture of a custom using Buckeye from the Alembic website.



    I have no idea how much this wood costs.
  19. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    If you do decide on a burl however I would go with the Mesquite Burl.
  20. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Out of the woods you posted, I like the Thuya burl the best. I love most any burl, as a matter of fact. Here are my two favorites of all.

    Redwood burl


    Box Elder burl


    Sorry for the big pic! Picture courtesy of Carey Nordstrand

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