Woods that go with Walnut and stuff....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bernie Connors, Jan 20, 2005.

  1. So I'm a big fan of figured walnut and I'm pretty sure that it will go on my next bass. I have some other stuff that I've yet to decide on and am seeking your opinion on. Here they are:

    Maple or Dark Laminate: I am leaning towards maple for the accent laminate under the walnut top but I like the idea of a dark laminate as well. What's your choice?

    Gold or Black Hardware: Pretty self explanatory.

    Gaboon Ebony or Walnut Pickup Covers: I've seen basses that looked great with contrasting pickup covers and covers that match the top wood. What's your choice between the two?

    Gaboon or Macassar Fretboard: So it'll be an Ebony fretboard just not sure if it'll be Gaboon (black) or Macassar (striped). I'm leaning towards Macassar though.

    Thanks for the opinions! :D

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    I think a flame maple and purple heart would go well with a figured walnut
  3. Halftooth

    Halftooth Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Tri-Valley, NorCal
    Maple laminate, Gold hardware, Walnut pickup covers, Mac FB, and an Alder body.
  4. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    1. Dark

    2. Black /w some gold. I have it with my warwick and it looks classy.

    3. Both, have walnut with gaboon accents

    4. Macassar unless you want a clean black.
  5. rusty


    Mar 29, 2004
    I think the walnut covers with gaboon accents is a great idea - it'll follow the walnut/dark lam theme.
  6. 4string4ever

    4string4ever Guest

    Apr 18, 2004
    Orlando, Florida
    This is my custom in process....
    From the top on down:
    Spalted figured maple
    purple heart
    purple heart
    figured walnut on the back
  7. Eli M.

    Eli M. Life's like a movie, write your own ending

    Jul 24, 2004
    New York, NY
    Laminate: maple
    Hardware: gold
    Covers: walnut - if possible, maple accents on these too
  8. I'm also a big walnut enthousiast, maybe these two provide you with some inspiration?

    Fat slice of superb flame walnut on maple body:


    California 'grafted' walnut, maple pinstripe, mahogany body:

  9. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    Basswood! D'oh!
  10. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    Hey Bernie,

    1 - maple

    2 - Gold

    3 - Gaboon covers

    4 - I think that'd be a tough choice for me, but probably gaboon, although that Macassar might be nice, depends on the look of the striped wood :confused:

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Swamp Ash as a core wood and black hardware as well.
  12. JDGA fan

    JDGA fan

    Oct 9, 2003
    Well I have posted this before - but I think a maple laminate works well with burl walnut, either gold or a mixture of gold and black hardware, black P/U's and I would go with gabon ebony for the fretboard.
  13. Eggman


    Dec 3, 2004
    Denver, Colorado
    A nice mix

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  14. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Here's my query: I also like walnut, but the last walnut bass I had lacked the punch for rock. What walnut combo would work best for rock music?
  15. Macassar ebony is ultra-nice in my opinion.
  16. Thanks for the opinions everyone! You all have made some good points.

    I've considered the black/gold hardware before. I'll have to look into that some more.

    Hmm... time to sit and think...