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Padauk as a top?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ogar, Mar 2, 2004.


  1. Hi there.
    I am ordering hollowbody fretless bass (something like Rob Allen's basses) and there is option of PADAUK as a resonant top. Does anyone have experiences with this wood? Thanks alot for your suggestions.
    Nice day!
     
  2. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Padauk is a very cool top wood!!!!

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    Peace,
    JP
     
  3. jammadave

    jammadave Rudderless ship Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    You may want to take into consideration that over time, exposed to the sun's UV rays (if you have it near a window, outside playing a lot, etc), that padauk will lose its bright orangeyness and weather to a browner hue. Not necessarily a bad transformation, but just something to consider. I don't know if this happens to padauk with a clearcoat on top, as I understand it, it happens to oiled-finish instruments though.
     
  4. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
  5. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Trey Gunn (formerly of King Crimson) has a Warr guitar made entirely of padauk...

    Beautiful wood...
     
  6. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!

    Thanks for the plug pj....

    Yeah Paduak is very beautiful, here's a shot (from that thread above) of a bass with solid paduak wings:


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    I really loved the rich red hue... kinda reminded me of Donna Pinciatti from That 70's Show... so I had to choose it for the top and back of this bass:


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  7. Thanks guys!

    JP: That bass is really amazing. Seems, like padauk might be the right choice.
     
  8. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    heres a nice Padauk topped bass- first one I have had a chance to check out - it is a very nice and classy wood- i say go for it!
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  9. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Yo Adrian, what bass is that?

    Nice top, darkened in nicely.
     
  10. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    that's a Skjold Design Custom 5 - i do like the top, all class.
     
  11. are the dot inlays red abalone or contrasting wood?

    robb.
     
  12. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    They are English Spalted Beechwood.
     
  13. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    - my brother has a Chapman Stick that's all padauk

    - my old Pedulla had a padauk fretboard, which I loved

    - how about this Marleaux: ( !! )
     
  14. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    i bought a bunch of beautiful Padauk years ago for a project bass i was gonna build.

    gorgeous stuff. be careful when cutting, sanding, etc...wear a mask.

    one of these days i'll use it.

    DO IT!

    f
     
  15. OK, I am almost persuaded to try it.
    I'll let you know the progress of building...
    Thanks and good night from Europe.
    Ogar
     
  16. dragonbass

    dragonbass Commercial User

    Feb 17, 2003
    N.Y.
    Owner/Builder of LoPrinzi Basses.........................................EX-Sadowsky Guitars Builder
    My Nordstrand NJ4 Deluxe has a 1 PIECE Padauk body........

    I really love the tone I get from her.
     
  17. Is the tone similar to a very hard wood like Macassar Ebony or more like mahogany or walnut? Thanks.
     
  18. boogiebass

    boogiebass

    Aug 16, 2000
    My number one fretless is a Hanewinckel Nimbus Pro 6 with a padauk top and mahogany body. It sounds warm, rich and rather complex, tonally. As has been pointed out, it changed to a nice dark brown from its initial orange after about a year.
     
  19. Chiming in on the Skjold Design basses. VERY NICE! I had a 6 made, but it's simply too much for my left hand. Now I'm having a Skjold 5 made! :D