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Suggestions needed! What to do with a flamed maple top and fretboard?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by joseplluissans, Oct 27, 2013.


  1. I'm gonna receive a nice bookmatched top and a fretboard, both flamed maple. Here they are:
    9543-4_zpsd8d9d9f7.
    8834-3_zpsdb1c11b9.

    Now, the problem is, that I am not sure what to do with them :)
    I have been thinking of a precision bass, alder body with the top and maple neck with the fretboard. But I'm not sure. Not gonna start using them rightaway, maybe next spring, so I have lots of time to plan for the build and get parts. I do have a precision type bridge and some tuners, plus a set of humbuckers and a classic precision pup too (all four string). Also, I have a through-neck padauk plank, plus mahogany (top set I haven't usedt) and a body wing of flame maple. So I can also do sandwiched type stuff :p
    So, a question for the more experienced members and those with vision for studd like this: What would these woods look good on? :p
     
  2. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    I'd consider bookmatching the top along what are shown here as the outside edges.
     
  3. Good idea. Will see how it looks when the stuff arrive. One thing I forgot to mention: The top is thin, not suitable for carving an arch top.
     
  4. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Nice stuff. I have no suggestions and my only comment is that Fraser Valley Fine Woods is my second favourite supplier - good choice! :)
     
  5. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    Gorgeous pieces of wood....
    A p bass with that top would be great!
     
  6. lbridenstine

    lbridenstine

    Jun 25, 2012
    MI
    Got a picture of the padauk? I wonder how the maple fretboard would look against that.

    The rest are all light colored woods, so I would suggest an accent veneer line of darker wood or maybe some dyed veneer of a color you like between the top and body, unless you want the two to blend together more than stand apart.
     
  7. Maybe something like this?:
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  8. Well, the padauk is really red, so there would be lots of contrast between the FB and the neck. The mahogany I have is quite dark too.
    Seeing those grove guitars' basses makes me really want to do a P bass :p Even a reverse one :D
     
  9. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD Supporting Member

    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    Sounds like Mahog+Maple body and Padauk+Maple neck/fretboard.
     
  10. Well, it's either that, or a P bass of alder+maple and a maple neck. Will see about that :p I have to admit that I have been thinking of making a sandwich body and would love to use some black veneer in between woods...
     
  11. lbridenstine

    lbridenstine

    Jun 25, 2012
    MI
    Oh, I thought you meant the mahogany was a top. If it's body thickness, I'd go with mahogany and maple.
     
  12. The mahogany is a "bookmatched" and almost an inch thick set, so it could go as the middle piece for the body. I could do a maple - mahogany - maple sandwich :p The problem would be that the top is really thin. I have a bookmatched sycamore set which has a bit of flame, but it's quite lame compared to the new top.
     
  13. lbridenstine

    lbridenstine

    Jun 25, 2012
    MI
    A sandwich would be nice.
     

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