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Wild Maple post pics

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Mar 4, 2005.


  1. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Is Wild Maple like a mix between quilt and flame?.If you have any pics please feel free to post them.Thanks
     
  2. jja412

    jja412 Fine gear enthusiast

    Feb 2, 2004
    St. Louis
    My Warmoth body was called "wild maple." It looks like this:

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  3. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    It does seem like a mixture.
     
  4. jja412

    jja412 Fine gear enthusiast

    Feb 2, 2004
    St. Louis
    Yeah, it's kinda swirly - not really the billowy quilt, definitely not the uniform flame... but I really like it, knots and all
     
  5. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Very Unique indeed , great stuff. :)
     
  6. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    The back of my neck on my cheapo Aria seems to be wild. It has a bit of quilt high up and some random birdseyes (maybe just alot of knots) along with some really wicked almost spalt like grain. It's not a great neck in terms of stability but it actually has the best feeling neck of all my basses.
     
  7. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member


    I guess their are better party animals out their :D
     
  8. wingnutkj

    wingnutkj

    Mar 27, 2003
    Scotland
    Here's my Warmoth tele (OK, so it's a guitar, but you get the idea). It's somewhere between quilt and flame, with a really interesting pattern.
     

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  9. ole Jason

    ole Jason Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Louisville, KY
    Looks like a butterfly
     
  10. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    That may be the coolest piece of maple I've ever seen. I love how there is no real pattern to it. Looks like one of those liquid sand art things that you turn over and watch.

    A real beauty.
     
  11. hippiesandwich

    hippiesandwich

    Aug 29, 2003
    San Jose
    Affiliated with Looperlative Audio Products
    Pete The Fish at Wal called this "figured maple" - seems to fit the bill:
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  12. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member


    Very Nice, looks like that could be a heavy one.
     
  13. pistoleroace

    pistoleroace

    Sep 13, 2002
    WI
    :D
     
  14. FireAarro

    FireAarro

    Aug 8, 2004
    austr-
    There was some nutsy giant birdseyeish or something maple stuff on Warmoth before, I think they called it wild. But it's gone now :bawl:
     
  15. Call me cynical but I think "wild" maple is a term some marketing man thought up to describe some maple that wasn't totally flame or birdseye or quilt but a mixture. I think Pete the fish was accurate when he described it as figured maple.

    That said I like the look of the tops posted but I think the term "wild" is just to make it more sexy and therefore more sellable and more valuable to the luthier. If it does not have a name or catagory then the luthier would not be able to shift it so easily but with a new catagory it has added value and people will more readily be prepared to buy it.

    Hope this does not start a flame war [sorry bad pun but I couldn't resist it] :D

    Regards

    Matthew
     
  16. wingnutkj

    wingnutkj

    Mar 27, 2003
    Scotland
    Heaven forbid that people would have the nerve to try to make the product they're selling more attractive... :D

    I think it's as good a term as any; if you just call it "figured", you'll get people asking "what kind of figuring? Quilted? Flamed?", and then you have to say, "well, it's kind of, um..."

    I think "wild" does quite a good job of explaining the nature of the figuring. One less sylable than "random" and a whole lot less than "kind of, um". Personally, I wouldn't buy a body with a "wild" figured top without seeing what it actually looked like - I bought my tele because I liked the look of the top, not because it was "wild".

    Then again, I'm sure the same discussion has taken place about "spalted" tops. I mean, it's just rotten wood, right...?
    *hides*
     
  17. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    I think Wild works since the others like flame or quilt have a particular deffinition to them they get deffined as such.