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Whaddaya think...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mark beem, Jun 30, 2003.


  1. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    ...about this finish with a pink ivorywood or maybe a snakewood fretboard without inlays?

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    Maybe gold hardware?

    In case you're wondering I'm trying to get ideas for my next Conklin.. It will probably be another hollowbody.

    :p
     
  2. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Here are the specs Im thinking about..

    7 String (Low B to high F)
    Sidewinder body style
    Bolt-on Neck
    Hollow Body
    34" Scale
    Gold Hardware
    Wenge / Purpleheart Neck
    Dragonwood body
    Transparent White Finish
    Conklin Signature Pickups
    Piezo Bridge
    24 frets
    Maple fingerboard
    Hipshot Ultra-light Tuners
    No Inlay
    Aguilar 3 band preamp
     
  3. It depends on the top wood, I wouldn't put that finish on a spectacular topwood. If it will be on an ash, than I'd go with snakewood over pink ivory, because the ivory plus see through white might be a little to light for my eyes.

    Gold hardware would look nice though with that shade.
     
  4. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Louisiana, US
    Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
    Snakewood.
     
  5. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Snakewood
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  6. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Pink ivory wood

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  7. I love the transparent white "Mary Kay" finish. It works really nicely over swamp ash, but I have not idea what Dragonwood looks like. Personally, I'd go for pink ivory with this finish, because Snakewood would look to "woody", if that makes sense. And I like chrome or black better than gold hardware, but that's just me.

    Mike
     
  8. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Louisiana, US
    Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
    Seriously, after those pictures, is there even a question?
     
  9. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Mike, here's dragonwood.. the back of the hollow seven I already have.

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  10. OK--it's a lot like alder visually, nothing particularly special to look at. The transparent white would do fine over that, too.

    Mike
     
  11. Personally id take the snake wood, but thats just cause im really into crazy grains on your fretboard. If you want to be more subtle, go for the pink. But i would definitely say add the gold hardware cause it adds soooo much on that beautiful white stain youre using (im a sucker for that white on swamp ash look).

    Peace.
     
  12. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Thanks everyone for your input!!

    :)
     
  13. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    I did a search over google about dragonwood but can't find the latin name for it.

    Did Bill give you another name for dragonwood???

    Is it really lighter the alder or limba?

    Peace, JP
     
  14. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    JP, according to Bill it's in the Catalpa family and is also known as Paulownia...
     
  15. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Thanks Mark!


    Peace, JP
     
  16. The snakewood board should be great, IMO.

    Why Conklins have that weird slope behind the neck joint? What was the design intent? Doesn't it get in the way of high-register playing?
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  17. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Well, this one is a hollowbody, so it's probably more exaggerated than a regular solidbody..

    Here's one of the solid bodies.. You can see that it's more gradual..

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  18. But what I meant is that he probably could have cut it right there...
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    ...and I don't think that the structure of the instrument would have been affected. So I suppose the slope is purely aesthetical?!?
     
  19. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    The slope on the bolt-ons is here to reproduce the feel of a neck-through.

    this is just a smoother tansition from neck to body than other bolt-on joints.

    Peace, JP
     
  20. OK... But the joint must be a bit beefier than a real neck-thru, though... But I guess some bassists don't like to hit a neck heel with their thumb. :)