Olive for top wood??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by oversoul, Aug 19, 2004.

  1. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004
    Has anybody seen Olive wood used for a top? Its because I saw some pieces made out of this wood last night at a cultural fair and its got a wicked figuring! I believe it could be splalted because the figurings were rather dark
  2. daychris


    Nov 2, 2003
    West Virginia
  3. Some of Morch basses from Denmark are topped whith very nice Olive wood. Have a look there, ( be careful, however you might get hooked by GAS, as they are among the best).

    Otherwise my bass teacher Bruno Chaza has built one of his own custom bass like that, very nice indeed.

    As I know, Olive wood is traditionnaly used for nice furniture round Mediterranean see, but for luthery it is not that traditionnal.
    Best Regards
  4. se_jazman


    Mar 2, 2004
    Here are two Fodera basses with Olive tops (not mine).
  5. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004
    Yep, thats exactly it, just beautiful, how do you classify this wood tonally.
    Man, and i live in a country filled with Olive trees! :oops:
  6. Starmo


    Jul 15, 2004
    Raanana, Israel
    Good luck finding one that big.
  7. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004
    Yes, you are right, these trees are not large and are very irregular growing, but I believe you could find enough material for body wings.
  8. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    I believe Warwick offers Olive as a special order. At least that's what the brochure I have says.
  9. smakbass

    smakbass Smakkin basses for 25 years..

    Aug 6, 2002
    Vancouver Canada
    Wal has used it as well I believe
  10. Niels Keijzer

    Niels Keijzer Guest

    Nov 27, 2000
    Check out this site: www.heinsguitars.nl
    I don't like the way the basses look, but on page two of the bassmodels, the model called 'nicky' has the whole body made of olive wood. But that should be really heavy.
  11. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Wal uses a wood called "olive ash", which is a flame-figured ash variety. I've never seen a Wal with actual olive wood.