What basses are considered flat tops and curved tops and are there any advantages to either one?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Float on man, Oct 20, 2018.

  1. Float on man

    Float on man

    Mar 10, 2018
    I'm not exactly if this is the right forum but I'm planning on adding a Kahler Tremolo onto my crappy 250$ jazz bass copy, but it made only for flat tops according to the website, so are jazz basses flat tops? What basses are considered curved tops? Are there any tonal difference between them anyway? I'm so confused.
  2. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    It easier to see this on guitars:

    A 'flat top' instrument is like your Jazz copy: The face of the instrument (where the pickups, knobs, pickguard and bridge are mounted) is flat, just like a Telecaster or Stratocaster. A Kahler install on this is what they are talking about. Your bass is good to go for this.

    A 'carved' top (which is what I believe you mean, instead of curved) has a rise in the middle where the bridge and pickups are installed, like a Les Paul guitar. Putting any kind of wiggle stick on one of those can be relatively simple on the bridge and stop tailpiece mounts, or can run into countersinking major surgery. There are relatively few carved top electric basses.
  3. Float on man

    Float on man

    Mar 10, 2018
    Thanks dude, have a day one!