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Opinions Requested On This Bass Top

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by mchildree, Sep 22, 2005.

  1. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    What do you think? Carved or Plywood?

  2. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    Carved. You can see the Grain at a slight angle running thru from the Top. Not a great pic but the outside edge would be easier as the inside of teh FFs are colored.
  3. Brent Norton

    Brent Norton

    Sep 26, 2003
    Detroit, MI
    Holy macro, Batman!

    Looks carved to me... grain as Ken mentions all the way through. The scale of the pic might be screwing with me, but if that was a ply top at that thickness, that'd be one Mother of a top...
  4. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  5. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    That's what I thought myself...carved. I got that pic from a fellow who's selling a 1939 Kay Orchestra model. I'd asked him how many plys the top had, since some of the older, thinner tops with 3 plys are more desirable to some vintage Kay buffs. He sent me that photo...looks like the top has been replaced, huh? Definitely refinished...no painted purfling.

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