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What top woods are most aesthetically pleasing on mahogany, in your opinion?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheOriginalName, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. TheOriginalName


    May 28, 2018
    Hello Talkbass,

    I wanted to hear opinions on the question “what top woods look best with mahogany”. Binding or no binding, specific shape or regardless of shape etc etc.
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  2. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    I’m a huge fan of flamed shedua.
    If I ever bite the bullet on a Wal, it’d be my no. 1 preference:
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  3. TheOriginalName


    May 28, 2018
    I do think that looks very nice. If I ever pulled the trigger on a wal, I’d probably go walnut or quilt maple. Thesis and Antithesis.
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  4. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    One of each (for good measure!) :thumbsup:
  5. TheOriginalName


    May 28, 2018
    Ah yes, indeed. And backups just in case.
  6. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    My Wal was American Walnut on a Mahogany body. Very nice to look at and the Mahogany is a very resonant wood. Best of both worlds.
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  7. TheOriginalName


    May 28, 2018
    I’ve also seen some nice examples of koa and ebony that look really nice. I’ve yet to see a bass of any type with a Wenge top or bubinga top though.
  8. 600 Ohms

    600 Ohms

    Jan 4, 2012
    Walnut and flame maple look great.
  9. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    As far as fancy woods go my favorites are flame koa, flame walnut and quilted maple.

    That being said, the top of my favorite bass is masonite.
  10. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me
    I say figured mahogany
  11. Yorick


    Nov 10, 2006
    Flamed maple or walnut.
  12. I think this is walnut over mahogany and I think it looks good. A8F64E57-D8F6-4B38-ADF0-1764EFCEFFF1.
    I’m sure someone can chime in and correct me if it’s not walnut.
  13. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    All of these

    :D (Not serious)
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  14. Luke_94


    Dec 15, 2016
    Fugly... As aesthetically displeasing as this is to me, I would still like to know how you could make a top like that
  15. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    I have the build sheet on this somewhere. IIRC there are 10 different woods on top
  16. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    I like figured walnut over mahogany.

    But for a great contrast I think Holly is beautiful too.

  17. the_home

    the_home Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    I prefer the darker woods (until I saw the Holly above) like Walnut, which can be found in very highly figured pieces. Also like Koa, either flamed or 'blistered' (I have an Alembic Series1 with a blistered Koa top, beautiful and somewhat unique).
  18. I'm going with Ash or Maple.
  19. Tvrtko


    Dec 27, 2002
    South of the USA
    Flamed maple.
  20. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I have a Schecter Stiletto Studio 8 that has a Mahogany body with a Bubinga top laminate. Quite attractive, though subtle. I don’t have pics handy on my phone but if you Google an image of that model any of the “Honey” finish instruments will give you an idea.

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