Psst... Ready to join TalkBass and start posting, make new friends, sell your gear, and more?  Register your free account in 30 seconds.

Which neck with this Koa top?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Johnny Fila, Sep 23, 2005.


  1. macassar 1

    58 vote(s)
    52.3%
  2. macassar 2

    14 vote(s)
    12.6%
  3. fretless

    25 vote(s)
    22.5%
  4. graphite with inlay

    14 vote(s)
    12.6%
  1. Johnny Fila

    Johnny Fila Formerly "The Crusader"

    Nov 21, 2004
    Elmont, NY (near NYC)
    My newest personal bass. I don't know if I should use a macassar ebony neck, graphite neck with the vine of life, or fretless macassar with ebony board.
    Opinions?
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  2. macassar ebony, its the most beautyful!


    ~Ryan
     
  3. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    +1
     
  4. bassthumpa

    bassthumpa

    Aug 31, 2004
    Austin, TX
    That top has a very subtle coolness, and the fretless board seems to match it quite well. That custom inlay is too busy for that top, IMO.
     
  5. kegbarnacle

    kegbarnacle

    Nov 18, 2003
    Phoenix
    I too think that the vines detract from the top. Even though it's a great inlay. I voted for the first macassar. I wouldn't mind seeing a maple board for comparison, though.
     
  6. unity bass

    unity bass

    Dec 15, 2003
    Modesto, Ca.
    the first one!
     
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Fretless... but I'm clearly biased towards them, especially unlined.
     
  8. full_bleed

    full_bleed

    May 27, 2005
    Arizona
    The small headstock makes it look funny but otherwise I would say the macassar ebony.
     
  9. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    The first macassar. For the longest time I was a fan of "solid" fingerboards, but recently I've come full-circle and now think that 'boards with some figuring (such as the above or birdseye maple) are just as pretty and unique as exotic tops on the body.
     
  10. Macassar 1 to me!
     
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The 1st on has awesome stripes!!! that's the on I'd go with.
     
  12. Johnny Fila

    Johnny Fila Formerly "The Crusader"

    Nov 21, 2004
    Elmont, NY (near NYC)
    yeah, I don't understand the training wheels either
     
  13. Johnny Fila

    Johnny Fila Formerly "The Crusader"

    Nov 21, 2004
    Elmont, NY (near NYC)
    I'm going back and forth between that one and the inlay neck.
    the smaller headstock looks a little lost with the jazz body (even downsized). as usual the body looks better in person. but that first macassar's stripes look great.
    keep voting! :D
     
  14. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I have to say that the inly, to me, looks really gaudy. It also takes away from the natural beauty of the wood.
     
  15. Johnny Fila

    Johnny Fila Formerly "The Crusader"

    Nov 21, 2004
    Elmont, NY (near NYC)
    I can see that. Idid buy that neck for an all black p-bass anyway..............
     
  16. DrSmaggs

    DrSmaggs

    Oct 15, 2003
    Endorsing Artist:
    I like the first one with the detailed woodgrain! If you could get that with understated inlays or NO inlays at all on the board...

    That would be uber fantastic.

    The vine of life is very cool, too!
     
  17. Xanaptabil

    Xanaptabil

    Jul 18, 2005
    Tempe, AZ
    Fretless Ebony!
     
  18. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Mmmmm.... that will be HOT! (please PM me when / if that one is done... I'd love to see it)

    my vote goes to the blank plank with that body. I think a Fenderish headstock fits the look better though.
     
  19. Johnny Fila

    Johnny Fila Formerly "The Crusader"

    Nov 21, 2004
    Elmont, NY (near NYC)
    Unfortunately, the macassar ebony wood I had wasn't wide enough to be made into the Fenderish style headstock, so I went with what you see. I agree that the fender headstock would look better, but perhaps the inlay is too much for the body :meh:
     
  20. Johnny Fila

    Johnny Fila Formerly "The Crusader"

    Nov 21, 2004
    Elmont, NY (near NYC)
    should be done this week. will let you know.