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(VOTE) Help me decide which top is best and or why

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by benchpress11782, Mar 11, 2017.


  1. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782

    May 23, 2007
    blackpoplarburl4413. blackpoplarburl4414. blackpoplarburl4415. blackpoplarburl4416. blackpoplarburl4417.
    Or redwood

    figuredredwood4418. figuredredwood4419.

    Or walnut

    walnut-7247b. walnut-7540b.

    Thanks for the input. For a jerzy drozd excellency 5 string. With ebony fingerboard. And not sure on hardware. Thinking gold with poplar.
     
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Glad they got some top pics to you. :)
     
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  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I think I like the second one from the top the most. All beautiful.
     
  4. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth

    Jan 2, 2015
    heart of darkness
    IMHO the spalted maple in the first choice would give it better brightness than the rest
     
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  5. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782

    May 23, 2007
     
  6. scubaduba

    scubaduba Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    I like the very first pic best. Spalted flame maple?
     
  7. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782

    May 23, 2007
    Thank you. They said these would be best for my style of music. I wanted buckeye but his advice too soft.
     
  8. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782

    May 23, 2007
    I agree
     
  9. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    I love the very last pic. No gold hardware though.
     
  10. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782

    May 23, 2007
    Just have to say. You guys and gals at talkbass are awesome. What a great forum and family we have here. Thanks.
     
  11. Keith Guitars

    Keith Guitars Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2004
    Woodstock, NY
    Builder: Martin Keith Guitars, Veillette Guitars
    For me, it would be black HW over the redwood by a long shot. Any one of these will look great, though.
     
  12. Bottom sections of walnut. The redwood is nice too.
     
  13. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782

    May 23, 2007
    The only thing about the walnut is that I have 2 other basses. One is Koa and other is spalted maple. Wanted a different shade other than dark brown.
     
  14. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    I'm a sucker for walnut and redwood - so any of the last four would be fine with me. I usually like maple (flamed, spalted or burl) but I don't like any of the above maple options.
     
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  15. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782

    May 23, 2007
    Thanks for the input. I asked luthier to stencil the bass on the top so I could get a better idea.
     
  16. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    That's a good idea - I was wondering about that. It will give you a much better notion of how the top will look. Glad this is moving ahead for you.
     
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  17. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782

    May 23, 2007
    Thank you friend
     
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  18. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    lost angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    I really don't care for the poplar burls unless they are stained a color or burst (like MTD does). Given those choices, coin flip between redwood and walnut. The redwood is more "classy" due to the simplicity, the walnut more complex. I've had a number of walnut topped basses (Rob Allen, Fodera, Smith) and they all sounded good, and depending on the finish, get prettier over time. Black hardware for me - I hate gold and avoid it at all costs. Total personal bias.

    You'll also need to think about where the pickups and bridge sit, as that will be obscured/cut out of the top. That would likely take away some of the cool figuring on the walnut, the redwood would have less of an impact.
     
  19. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    None of them are black, but I guess you can paint whatever you get black.
     
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  20. I'd go with #2 or #4 with gold hardware. Should be sweet.
     
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