Photos of basses with spalted maple is wanted!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mr M, Nov 8, 2001.

  1. I was not a wood fetishist before, solid body colors was (is still) just fine with me and I used to see those quilted, birdeye etc things as some extras that I'll never pay but now I fell in love with the spalted maple tops.
    Can the ones who own a bass with spalted maple top, post some pictures of their bass? I searched the forums and found 2 lovely ones of Ken Smith's (its first basses with spalted maple top) any other pics?
  2. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Take a look at

    You should see some spalted maple there :cool: .
  3. Jeff Rader - where "fart' are thou with Sadowsky's first spalteds????
  4. Okay...

    Here are two pretty decent examples of spalted maple... ;)

    From the master: Roger Sadowsky

    This has great color and a nice flame...

    This one has incredible flame, which is unusual for spalted maple tops...

  5. Jeff, I can't believe you went and did that....

    I almost had myself convinced that I'd never be able to afford a Sadowsky and should give up on thinking about buying one. Then you post those pictures again and the G.A.S. hits me like a tactical nuke...

    You're a very bad man, Jeff.
  6. Just tryin' to help you do what you KNOW you need to do... ;)
  7. Jeff,

    Thanks for the disease! I sent an e-mail to Roger Sadowsky today to discuss a PJ4 alder body, Brazilian rosewood board, and premium figured top: quilt or spalt.
  8. This is a burled maple. Not exactly what you wanted to see but it's still sweet!

    It's a Hanewinckel ( )


    - Dave
  9. Dave Grossman, that Hanewinckel is amazing!!!!!!!!

    I may be a newbie but i have eyes, and I think Hanewinckels are better looking than Warwicks, Alembics, Moduli(?, moduluses)). I love their selection of body woods and body styles, not to mention various string configurations if you can play 'em. I have seen some truly ugly high-level basses, and most Hanewinkels DO NOT fit the description!!!!!!!!

    If i had even remotely close to enough money, i would have GAS you could smell a mile away ( i couldn't resist the bad pun).
  10. I'll pass on your compliments. I know he'll appreciate them. His work is getting better and better every year.

    Here's my first Hanewinckel:


    - Dave
  11. I know I NEED a Sadowsky, but I don't have the money (or a credit card). It's absolutely horrible!
  12. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    A little OT, but

    Dave, Hanewinckel are some of the most amazing looking basses I have seen. So much so that my custom (whenever I get the friggin money) is going to be ah...modeled after the Fusion body. No, not copied, but very much influenced by. Which should be taken as a HUGE compliment. If they weren't so expensive, I'd get one of those right now...

    Plus, c'mon, [​IMG] The flame on that walnut is great.

    Spalted Maple...I don't get it. That MTD looked nice (whoever posted that pic), and the Sadowsky's are Ok, but, really, what would posses a person to get spalted maple? It's so...bleh?
  13. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI

    this is "buckeye burl." it looks like a cross between spalted and star burl...i don't know how close it is to just regular spalted though.

    whoever doesn't get a boner over that top should have their pulse checked.

  14. Here's a nice Fodera:


    - Dave
  15. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR

    ...No schwing. That's darned ugly. Looks like someone figured a way to make a rare cat-vomit top. Wonder how that would sound? (the bass, not cat vomit as a top. Though, the thought of that puts a smile on my face :D)

    Now the one Dave just posted. That's a schwing.
  16. Wait until you see my new 7-string Hanewinckel Fusion fretless! It will have a AAAAA figured walnut top! Another week or two and it will be here!

    - Dave
  17. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Dave...I hate you.;)

    On the other hand, my GAS wants to shake your hand.

  18. I wish there was a smiley for in-debt-up-to-my-eyeballs. :D

    It takes me a year to pay for each of those instruments. I'll be paying for the 6-string Hanewinckel for the next year. I spent this year paying for my 7-string fretless and the year before that paying for my 7-string fretted. My Eden rig went on my credit card.

    It's all worth it though.

    - Dave
  19. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    Burls and spalting are two different things. Burled wood is from the large knobby burls that grow around the base (?at least I think) of trees. Don't know what causes this to happen, but the grain of the wood grows all around in different directions, hence the neat textures. It's similar to flamed, quilted, curly, birdseye, etc, in that it is a result of the way the wood grew. Some woods do this more than others, or at least are more available.

    Spalting is what happens when the wood is infected by fungus. Somehow this ends up causing the dark streaks (looks like the fungus spreads in between the grain, killing the wood). I wonder if some woods are more susceptible to the fungus than others?

    As far as I know, you can have spalted [burl,flame,quilt,birdseye,...] wood (like the spalted flamed maple on the Sadowskys).

    Buckeye is a specific type of wood (a chestnut I think?). From what I've heard the blue color is what happens after it's cut and comes into contact with air.
  20. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    you learn something new every day! i thought it was some wierd spalt/burl hybrid.


    i think it's beautiful - it looks like light shining down through the trees in a forest.